Thursday, May 5, 2011

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Felicidades!

It's not Mexico's Day of Independence (which is Sept 16), but it's still an important day in Mexican history. 4,000 Mexican soldiers confronted a rebel army (of other Mexicans and French forces) of 8,000 at Puebla, about 100 miles east of Mexico City. That army had landed in Veracruz and marched towards Mexico City. The French invaded on the pretense of collecting financial debts from the newly-elected president, Benito Juarez.

On the morning of May 5, 1862, those 4,000 soldiers met a force twice their size. And won.

It was the beginning of the end of Napoleon's forces in Mexico. Although Mexico had already declared their independence in 1810, they proved it on May 5.

All original writing and art copyright A. Dameron 2000-2011

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