Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of the courage of the Mexican people during the battle (La Batalla de Puebla) on May 5th, 1862 where 4,500 Mexican soldiers defeated the Mexican traitors (exiled Mexican Conservatives) and French army of 6,500 at Puebla, Mexico.
Cinco de Mayo is not an American Holiday but it is celebrated on a much larger scale by Chicanos in the U.S. than in Mexico. This may be true because:
- If it had not been for the victory, France would have aided the South in the American Civil War and this would have an impact on the war.
- Chicanos celebrate this day in appreciation of its cultural and historical significance for the U.S.
- Considered to be a Chicano hero, General Ignacio Zaragosa was born in Texas when it was still part of México.
Today this holiday is a celebration of Mexican culture, food, music, and beverages that are unique to Mexico.
I have placed many applicable titles in a public resource list in Destiny, our library catalog. To access this list, go to Destiny and click on Resource Lists on the left-hand side of the page. Click the Public Lists tab and then click Mexico.