Cinco de Mayo History
May 6, 2010 by Post Team
It was a great victory because it was unexpected. France at that time was still very powerful and had many troops in Mexico. Why the French troops in Mexico? Let’s go back a few years.
Mexico won its independence from Spain in 1810. But the war between Mexico and the United States and the Mexican civil war almost completely destroyed the Mexican Treasury. During these wars, Mexico had borrowed a lot of European countries, including France. In the 1860s, Mexico stopped paying back France. France’s response was to invade Mexico.
The French had tried to make the Archduke Maximilian of Austria, the ruler of Mexico. Under his leadership, the French troops marched from the Gulf of Mexico to Mexico City.
13 Trivia on Cinco de Mayo
These are just some fun facts to know to help you get better acquinted with Cinco de Mayo:
1. Cinco de Mayo is not the Independence Day of Mexico. In America, we say: “On 04 July,” when speaking of our Independence Day. It would seem natural, then, that “05 May” would be the Mexican equivalent. Not so. In fact, Cinco de Mayo is the anniversary of a 1862 battle between the children of armed Mexican army under-manned against a well-armed French army led by Napoleon III. It is clear that the Mexican army won, therefore, the celebration every May 5.
2. So what is the Independence Day of Mexico? Mexico celebrates Day of Independence – the day they declared independence from Spanish rule – 16 September each year. Mexico declared its independence in 1810, more than 50 years before the battle that is commemorated on Cinco de Mayo.
3. The Battle of Puebla was short. When we think of war in a modern sense, we think of protracted battles last week, days, or even with ground forces moving forward. Commemorates the Battle of Puebla on Cinco de Mayo, however, appears near the combined 12,000 (8,000 in France and Mexico 4000). However, the entire battle lasted nearly two hours and changed the course of the story in North America.
4. So wait, what were the French philology in Mexico in 1862? Think of them as a collection agency armed. After declaring its independence in 1810, Mexico went through decades of internal strife and struggle with the United States. this cost a lot of money. In 1861, Mexican President Benito Juarez declared a two-year moratorium on repayments of loans to foreign nations, including Spain, England and France in an attempt to avoid bankrupting the country. The three nations invaded Mexico to collect debts. While Spain and England on the left, France tried to stay and take over the country. Obviously it did not work for the French to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and Cinq mai.
5. Cinco de Mayo in Mexico must be enormous! Not really. While the Battle of Puebla Mexico helped to unify around one case, the big Cinco de Mayo has been largely contained to the town of Puebla, about 100 kilometers east of Mexico City, where the battle was original. In fact, Cinco de Mayo is more popular in the United States, where citizens of Mexican descent (and those that like a good margarita) festivals from sea to sea shining.
6.Just How popular is the Cinco de Mayo in the U.S.? In a word, VERY. Annual Cinco de Mayo festivals in Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver and St. Paul, regularly draw hundreds of thousands of people. In fact, the world’s largest Cinco de Mayo Festival Fiesta Broadway in Los Angeles, California. It usually attracts about 600,000 people to participate in singing, spirit and dance!
7. My grandparents say that I do not remember Cinco de Mayo as a child. What happens? Cinco de Mayo, as we know it today in America, did not begin until 1967. Some students at California State University realized that there was no Mexican holidays celebrated in the United States like other citizens of origin, such as St. Patrick’s Day, Oktoberfest, or Chinese New Year. So I chose the Cinco de Mayo as a day to celebrate and Chicano students gathered in the unity and celebration. It has gotten a little bigger since then.
8. So do not hand in Mexico, huh? Whoa, just. In fact, Cinco de Mayo is one of the more than 365 festivals are celebrated by Mexicans and people of Mexican descent. No wonder Mexico is such a popular destination for spring break!
9. Do not celebrate Cinco de Mayo anywhere besides Mexico and the United States? While the celebrations are not as large or as well publicized in other countries, some nations commemorate the day in their own special way. In Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, for example, a parachuting club in particular has its annual Cinco de Mayo next. Meanwhile, the Mediterranean island nation of Malta is to promote the enjoyment of the Mexican beer of Cinco de Mayo.
10. It has always been the official drink margaritas on Cinco de Mayo? I think not. While Tequila has a long history of traditions and celebrations in Mexico and Mexican-Americans, Daisy did not even exist in 1862! While the tequila, ice, lemon and sugar all existing in 1862 were not collected in the form of a daisy until around 1930. Maybe another day that deserves celebration. Just saying.
11. Is there any Cinco de Mayo traditional songs? While there are no songs specifically for the Cinco de Mayo, there are plenty of songs with the Cinco de Mayo in the letter as “Isis” by Bob Dylan and “Mexico” by Cake. In fact, the following bands / artists have songs titled “Cinco de Mayo“: War, Liz Phair, Senses Fail, and Herb Alpert.
12. Banks are open in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo. Since Cinco de Mayo is a national holiday and is not technically a federal holiday, banks remain open. It sounds like Arbor Day, but with more tequila.
13. Why is Cinco de Mayo is still important. Like any holiday celebration, it is important to honor those moments in history when a nation is overcome tremendous obstacles. That alone would be reason to keep the memory of Cinco de Mayo. The other noteworthy element of Cinco de Mayo is that it represents the last time a foreign army fought aggression in North America … 148 years ago.
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