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Monday, September 26, 2011

Cinco de Mayo


by Glenn Robinson

Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. Cinco de Mayo is the day in which Mexico won an important battle in which France sent cavalry and 6,000 troops to attack a Mexican brigade of 4,000 soldiers. This was not the decisive victory for Mexico, but an important one in the overall goal of expelling the French from Mexico. The year was 1862 in the city and state of Puebla.

 

The French were in Mexico!? Why don't Mexican's speak French? The French were only in Mexico between 1861 - 1867. In that short time however, the French did have an influence on pan dulce (sweet bread) and managed to nicely ornate the Chapultepec Castle. My wife and I visited the Chapultepec Castle in 2002 and took these photos. We were also lucky enough to visit the city of Puebla in 2006 and took these photos.

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Glenn is a European-American married to a Mexican-American. They have two children. Glenn is interested in progressive immigration reform, and desegregation within schools and communities. He is a life long learner with interests in sociology, anthropology, psychology, history and politics.
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