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May 1, 2019

Happy Cinco de Mayo week…a toast to Mexican Independence Day!!! Or is it? As an American, that is what I have always been taught, but now that I spend part of my life in Mexico, I have been educated to the true meaning of this mostly American holiday! First and foremost, Cinco de Mayo does not celebrate Mexican Independence Day… Independence Day is September 16. Are you as surprised as I was? Most Mexicans truly don’t “get” why those of us north of the border make such a fuss over May 5th. 

The truth is that May 5 is the commemoration of the victory of the Mexican army over the French army in the state of Puebla in 1862! Known as the Battle of Puebla, this unlikely victory over France was such a surprise, because of the vast difference in the two armies. Mexico had about 4,000 soldiers, inadequate supplies and artillery, while the French army boasted some 8,000 soldiers and elite supplies. This battle took place 50 years AFTER Mexico’s independence from Spain. So only i...

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