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Cinco de Mayo is not an American holiday, but maybe it should be, here is why.

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2008 at 11:12 am

The 5th of May is not Mexican Independence Day, but it should be! And Cinco de Mayo is not an American holiday, but it should be. Mexico declared its independence from mother Spain on midnight, the 15th of September, 1810. And it took 11 years before the first Spanish soldiers were told and forced to leave Mexico.

So, why Cinco de Mayo? And why should Americans savor this day as well? Because 4,000 Mexican soldiers smashed the French and traitor Mexican army of 8,000 at Puebla, Mexico, 100 miles east of Mexico City on the morning of May 5, 1862.

The French had landed in Mexico (along with Spanish and English troops) five months earlier on the pretext of collecting Mexican debts from the newly elected government of democratic President (and Indian) Benito Juarez. The English and Spanish quickly made deals and left. The French, however, had different ideas.

Under Emperor Napoleon III, who detested the United States, the French came to stay. They brought a Hapsburg prince with them to rule the new Mexican empire. His name was Maximilian; his wife, Carolota. Napoleon’s French Army had not been defeated in 50 years, and it invaded Mexico with the finest modern equipment and with a newly reconstituted Foreign Legion. The French were not afraid of anyone, especially since the United States was embroiled in its own Civil War.

The French Army left the port of Vera Cruz to attack Mexico City to the west, as the French assumed that the Mexicans would give up should their capital fall to the enemy — as European countries traditionally did.

Under the command of Texas-born General Zaragosa, (and the cavalry under the command of Colonel Porfirio Diaz, later to be Mexico’s president and dictator), the Mexicans awaited. Brightly dressed French Dragoons led the enemy columns. The Mexican Army was less stylish.

General Zaragosa ordered Colonel Diaz to take his cavalry, the best in the world, out to the French flanks. In response, the French did a most stupid thing; they sent their cavalry off to chase Diaz and his men, who proceeded to butcher them. The remaining French infantrymen charged the Mexican defenders through sloppy mud from a thunderstorm and through hundreds of head of stampeding cattle stirred up by Indians armed only with machetes.

When the battle was over, many French were killed or wounded and their cavalry was being chased by Diaz’ superb horsemen miles away. The Mexicans had won a great victory that kept Napoleon III from supplying the confederate rebels for another year, allowing the United States to build the greatest army the world had ever seen. This grand army smashed the Confederates at Gettysburg just 14 months after the battle of Puebla, essentially ending the Civil War.

Union forces were then rushed to the Texas/Mexican border under General Phil Sheridan, who made sure that the Mexicans got all the weapons and ammunition they needed to expel the French. American soldiers were discharged with their uniforms and rifles if they promised to join the Mexican Army to fight the French. The American Legion of Honor marched in the Victory Parade in Mexico, City.

It might be a historical stretch to credit the survival of the United States to those brave 4,000 Mexicans who faced an army twice as large in 1862. But who knows?

In gratitude, thousands of Mexicans crossed the border after Pearl Harbor to join the U.S. Armed Forces. As recently as the Persian Gulf War, Mexicans flooded American consulates with phone calls, trying to join up and fight another war for America.

Mexicans, you see, never forget who their friends are, and neither do Americans. That’s why Cinco de Mayo is such a party — A party that celebrates freedom and liberty. There are two ideals which Mexicans and Americans have fought shoulder to shoulder to protect, ever since the 5th of May, 1862. VIVA! el CINCO DE MAYO!!

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  1. I thought conservatives hated Mexico, since they send all those illegal immigrants across the border demanding access to our schools & hospitals?

  2. “Union forces were then rushed to the Texas/Mexican border under General Phil Sheridan, who made sure that the Mexicans got all the weapons and ammunition they needed to expel the French. American soldiers were discharged with their uniforms and rifles if they promised to join the Mexican Army to fight the French. The American Legion of Honor marched in the Victory Parade in Mexico, City.”

    So, are you really saying that Mexicans should be celebrating the Battle of Gettysburg?

    PJ, where do you dig up this stuff?

  3. So, are you really saying that Mexicans should be celebrating the Battle of Gettysburg?

    NO just saying that some historians feel that the defeat of the French and the tie up of french troops helped limit the Frenchies involvement in the civial war, thats all nothing more nothing less

  4. PJ –

    I don’t disagree with you about the French not being able to support the confederates as much as they would like, due to their entanglements with the Mexicans, but to propose that Cinco de Mayo should be an American holiday for those reasons is a reach… (as much as it is a reach for the Mexicans to make the Battle of Gettysburg a Mexican national holiday).

    That is all…

  5. let me interject for PJ ,hey the high school celebrates “gay day” what ever that is so perhaps cinco de mayo is more than just cinco de drunko heheheheheheh

  6. yes thanks for the history lesson PJ I thought Cinco de Mayo was like Mexican St.Patties day …cheers

  7. 1244 when do we celebrate the battle of gettysburg in the USA ?

  8. yes like st. pat’s day is just so american ?

  9. 1029 conservatives don’t hate that’s a liberal thing we are also not a bunch of bigots like you! Conservatives and all sane people realize the dangers of ILLEGAL Immigration! Besides just because you’re too cheap to pay someone legal to cut your lawn doesn’t mean we should encourage a nation of law breakers so you can have you lawn done for 50cents.

  10. Before you all get your PC panties in a twist (oops already too late for that), please reread what I said.

    I SAID…

    to propose that Cinco de Mayo should be an American holiday for those reasons

    If you want to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in America (as many already currently do), then go ahead… it’s still a free country, last time I checked. But to make it an official American Holiday… I think not, at least not based on those weak arguments.

    BTW… St. Pat’s day is also not an American holiday… It’s not listed on The Official List of US Holidays

    So yes, Cinco de Mayo is very similar to St. Patrick’s Day.

    And here’s the scary part…
    12:57, 12:58 (probably the same person…hopefully) may be eligible to and one day may exercise their right to VOTE. Yikes!

  11. To Snarky 12:57 PM –

    I think these folks are celebrating The Battle of Gettysburg… and have been for the last 145 years (that’s longer than some national holidays have been around!)

    The Gettysburg 145th National Civil War Battle Reenactment

    July 4, 5, & 6, 2008

    Two Exciting Battles Each Day
    10,000-15,000 Reenactors Expected
    Massive Pickett’s Charge
    One Hundred Cannons
    Over 400 Mounted Cavalry
    145th Commemorative Artillery Barrage
    Live Mortar Fire Demonstrations
    Expansive Living History Village with all-day Activities
    Two Living History Activities Tents with continuous programs
    Large & Diverse Sutler Village
    Enjoy a Variety of Delicious Food and Beverages

    FYI… The Battle of Gettysburg took place on July 1 – 3, 1863

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