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May 6, 2017
Cinco de Mayo and nachos in Mexico? No, in Texas!
Another May 5th, and another day to hear from my friends in Mexico. Most of the messages on social media go something like this: "What in the world are you guys celebrating? It was just a battle from 1862!" I even had a friend send me a video about the truth of May 5, 1862! I replied that I know the story and that our "Cinco de Mayo" has nothing to do with Mexican history or the Battle of Puebla. My friend is historically correct, as we see here: On this day in 1862, a Mexican force triumphed over a much better equipped French army in a battle that took place in Puebla. This unlikely victory remains a source of pride for Americans of Mexican descent. It is remembered every year on May 5 as a multinational holiday known as Cinco de Mayo. The holiday has its roots in the French occupation of Mexico, which took place in the aftermath of the Mexican–American War of 1846-48 and the 1858-61 Reform War. (The...(Read Full Post)