Thursday, May 05, 2005

Cinco de Mayo

Today is Cinco de Mayo, which isn't so much a big deal here in the States as it is in Mexico. With Florida's large Mexican and Chicano population we are more aware of it and celebrate...Well any excuse to drink Corona! Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican Army's victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla hence the now famous Mexican battle cry "Battalla de Puebla"! Here's a quick Mexican history lesson.

After the Mexican loss of the Mexican-American War 1846-48 (Remember the Alamo!) Mexico was literally bankrupt and suspended payment of it's foreign debt for two years to England, Spain and France. None of those countries wanted to allow Mexico to miss a payment so they each sent troops to collect the debt by any means possible. Eventually Spain and England gave up but Nappy, Napoleon III, in response to Americas Monroe Doctrine stayed occupying Mexico!

Finally in 1862 the French army made its move but General Ignacio Zaragoza led 5,000 Mestizo and Zapotec Indians and beat the French in the Battle of Puebla on the 5th of May or Cinco de Mayo! So it's not their independence day which is Sept 10, 1810...52 years earlier...but kicked France's a$$ day. Which is a good reason to celebrate!

So I'm going to a Cinco de Mayo Party tonight! Whohoo! Maybe I can find a dance partner! Anybody do the somba?

On a better note, I ran today only 4 miles but inspite of the humidity it was a good run...In 41 minutes. I was hoping to swim at lunch but they say lightening and thunder storms ....outside pools in no swim.


soccerdad said...

they actually celebrate a victory over france?? i mean really, who hasn't kicked france's a$$?

Comm's said...

I thought the Mexican battle cry was, "We made it across the border illegally, give us your jobs, low income housing and electricity subsidies and instate tutuion for our kidss"

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