Friday, May 2, 2008

CINCO DE MAYO

When Emperor Napoleon III of France knew that Mexico suspended debt payment for a period of two years, Napoleon III decided to invade Mexico and establish a monarchy in favor of France. He wanted to dissolve the constitutional government of Mexico and send a Emperor to respect their authority thus choosing Maximiliano of Habsburgo.In April 1862 the French army arrived in Veracruz. Then on May 5, 1862, the Mexican forces defeated a foreign power better prepared. To this event we called Battle of Puebla (Batalla de Puebla). This battle was an important victory with global resonance as the Mexican army defeated the French army, which was more experienced, reputed, and considered the premier army in the world."Cinco de Mayo" is celebrated in the U.S.A. because the General Ignacio Zaragoza was born in Texas while it was part of Mexico. For this reason he is considered the first Chicano hero. It seems that even people not of Mexican decent may also have an indirect reason to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. In Mexico it's a very significant event, but not an obligatory federal holiday.

4 comments:

Lucinda said...

That was very intrusting to know about Cinco De Mayo. I never knew that much about it. And I am mexican to. Thank you for that great storie.

Graciela said...

That's a good way to explain what Cinco De Mayo means, now I know something about it, thank you for sharing it with us.

Maria H. said...

Thank you Mariah for explain what 5de Mayo means. I'm from Peru and I didn't know why United States has to celebrate this date. It is interesting to learn something else every day.

Kirsten said...

Thanks for a really good explanation of the history of Cinco de Mayo. It's a great holiday to celebrate, even though I'm not of Mexican descent, but the history seems to be about defending yourself against imperialism.