Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is a date of great importance for the Mexican and Chicano communities. It marks the victory of the Mexican Army over the French at the Battle of Puebla. Although the Mexican army was eventually defeated, the "Batalla de Puebla" came to represent a symbol of Mexican unity and patriotism. With this victory, Mexico demonstrated to the world that Mexico and all of Latin America were willing to defend themselves of any foreign intervention. Especially those from imperialist states bent on world conquest.

Cinco de Mayo's history has its roots in the French Occupation of Mexico. The French occupation took shape in the aftermath of the Mexican-American War of 1846-48. With this war, Mexico entered a period of national crisis during the 1850's. Years of not only fighting the Americans but also a Civil War, had left Mexico devastated and bankrupt. On July 17, 1861, President Benito Juarez issued a moratorium in which all foreign debt payments would be suspended for a brief period of two years, with the promise that after this period, payments would resume.

The English, Spanish and French refused to allow president Juarez to do this, and instead decided to invade Mexico and get payments by whatever means necessary. The Spanish and English eventually withdrew, but the French refused to leave. Their intention was to create an Empire in Mexico under Napoleon III. Some have argued that the true French occupation was a response to growing American power and to the Monroe Doctrine (America for the Americans). Napoleon III believed that if the United States was allowed to prosper indescriminantly, it would eventually become a power in and of itself.

In 1862, the French army began its advance. Under General Ignacio Zaragoza, 5,000 ill-equipped Mestizo and Zapotec Indians defeated the French army in what came to be known as the "Batalla de Puebla" on the fifth of May.

todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful

for the freedoms I realized after completing my ninth step almost 5 years ago

that a sponsee called me last night and I actually told him what to do (I rarely do this; I usually just make suggestions)

that I'll probably never have a parade named after me

the Rockets won!! On to game 2.

The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.
-G.K. Chesterton


Pam said...

happy cinco de mayo mi amigo.

Boston said...

thanks for that tid bit on cinco de mayo - i learned something from it. also, thanks for the mug. i'm not off today or i'd go to the nooner. will try to go thursday. do you know if you're going thursday or not right now?

Mary Christine said...

Happy Cinco de Mayo Daave.

Scott W said...

Feliz cinco de Mayo!

Jeremy said...

Feliz Cinco De Mayo!

and thanks for the history lesson, I never knew what it was all about...

♥Shann♥ said...

Happy cinco De mayo! thanks for the histort too

Syd said...

Sometimes circumstances warrant more than suggestions. It's hard for people to hear suggestions when they are sick. Happy May 5 to you too, Dave.

Scott W said...

BTW, those dancers look like they are from the islands.