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Old 05-05-2018, 06:44 AM   #1
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Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco Mexican War. Cinco de Mayo 2018 occurs on Saturday, May 5. A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican American populations.

In 1861, Benito Juárez a lawyer and member of the indigenous Zapotec tribe was elected president of Mexico. At the time, the country was in financial ruin after years of internal strife, and the new president was forced to default on debt payments to European governments.

In response, France, Britain and Spain sent naval forces to Veracruz, Mexico, demanding repayment. Britain and Spain negotiated with Mexico and withdrew their forces.

France, however, ruled by Napoleon III, decided to use the opportunity to carve an empire out of Mexican territory. Late in 1861, a well armed French fleet stormed Veracruz, landing a large force of troops and driving President Juárez and his government into retreat.

Certain that success would come swiftly, 6,000 French troops under General Charles Latrille de Lorencez set out to attack Puebla de Los Angeles, a small town in east central Mexico. From his new headquarters in the north, Juárez rounded up a ragtag force of 2,000 loyal men many of them either indigenous Mexicans or of mixed ancestry and sent them to Puebla.

The vastly outnumbered and poorly supplied Mexicans, led by Texas born General Ignacio Zaragoza, fortified the town and prepared for the French assault. On May 5, 1862, Lorencez gathered his army supported by heavy artillery before the city of Puebla and led an assault.

The battle lasted from daybreak to early evening, and when the French finally retreated they had lost nearly 500 soldiers. Fewer than 100 Mexicans had been killed in the clash.

Although not a major strategic win in the overall war against the French, Zaragoza’s success at the Battle of Puebla on May 5 represented a great symbolic victory for the Mexican government and bolstered the resistance movement. In 1867 thanks in part to military support and political pressure from the United States, which was finally in a position to aid its besieged neighbor after the end of the Civil War France finally withdrew.
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Old 05-05-2018, 11:08 AM   #2
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Since GiGi watches over me on St Patrick's Day I guess that it's my turn to return the favor today. We're meeting her siblings later so bail money may be needed......

Happy Cinco De Mayo KT..
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Since GiGi watches over me on St Patrick's Day I guess that it's my turn to return the favor today. We're meeting her siblings later so bail money may be needed......

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Cinco De Mayo & the Kentucky Derby on the same day ??

Something tells me that the horses won't be the only thing having the trots later.....
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Hope everyone had a great Sinko
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I guess we were off for a few weeks, went to our favorite place to eat Mexican and have some cold ones, yesterday we ate Sushi all together.
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Talking Ole'!!!

Since I was off chasing Tommy Turkey about the woods, I am glad to see that Ole took up my slack by posting the much loved photo that symbolized the festive nature of Cinco de Mayo!!
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Also, thanks to Chuck for bringing us all up to date with an explanation of significance and history of the holiday in Mexican culture. As he notes, it is not a major holiday south of the border. After all, who HASN'T beaten the French??
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I just want to know......Why do Mexicans shout the name of a guy born in Scandinavia when they want to celebrate??



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Its actually OLE as in I have an OLD442. It's old and its an Oldsmobile Cutlass 442. But then, after doing Ancestry DNA, I found out I'm a large percentage Scandinavian so the little Viking guy is appropriate. Not sure where that much Scandinavian comes from but I guess my Scotch/Irish/English female ancestors didn't or didn't want to run away fast from the Vikings!! LOL!!
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Red face Where's The "Oh Dear God Handle"????

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