What happened on Cinco de Mayo 1862?

May 5, 2009

What happened on Cinco de Mayo 1862?

Cinco de Mayo as it is said in Spanish (May 5th) is a national holiday in Mexico and is celebrated widely in the U.S. and is more of a Holiday among Mexican Americans in Texas for some reason than here in Mexico.

Is that who I think it is celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Dallas in 2007?

Some people mistakenly think it’s the Mexican Independence day but that would be the 16th of September when Mexico gained its Independence from Spain a full 50 years before in 1810.

No, Cinco de Mayo celebrates the defeat of the French Army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. France at the time was under the rule of Louis Napoleon III.

History shows that after the Mexican President Benito Juarez on July 16th of 1861, had made the decision to suspend payment of debts for 2 years, to the 3 major European powers it owned money to at the time.

The French did not accept this offer of temporary suspension of payment as the English and Spaniards did and so French troops were ordered to Mexico City and Mexican President Benito Juarez sent General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin to fortify the City of Puebla 100 miles to the east of Mexico City in defense of the oncoming French troops.

On May 5th a poorly equipped and a much outnumbered Mexican army along with help from the Mesitozo and Zapotec Indians were able to defeat the French at the forts of Loreto and Guadalupe in the city of Puebla.

Here’s how they did it. The young General Zaragoza ordered his cavalry to the flank of the French army and the French chased them (as planned) only to be ambushed. The French infantry was left to fight in a muddy battlefield that gave the Mexicans the advantage needed to gain defeat.

The victory was one of great magnitude since the Mexican army was outnumbered, but through the leadership of General Zaragoza, was able to defeat the ominous French army giving a big moral boost to Mexicans everywhere.

The French did however regroup a year later and invaded Mexico City again.  But, that’s another story.

  • Carolyn ANN Elder

    Hello, Sid
    Would truly appreciate knowing the NEWS about our Lakeside
    area re the current INFLUENZA scare…SWINE FLU.

    Were schools and businesses closed as apparently they were
    by Federal Edict regards the MEXICO D.F. situation?

    Were there any known/(reported) cases of this SWINE FLU
    in Lake Chapala area.



  • http://www.chapalaclub.com Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Ann,

    I just published an article which I think will answer all your questions. I’ve tried to give you the most up to date information in the article, but of course things are still unfolding.

    All for now, Siempre tu amigo, Sid

  • http://n/a Charles Williams

    Do you have any leads on othepedic surgury in the area. My wife needs joint replacement, no insurance . I understand there may be an option in Mexico



  • http://www.chapalaclub.com Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Charlie, I don’t personally know such a doctor but feel certain that there are many such qualified doctors for this procedure in nearby Guadalajara. I will try and do a bit of research and perhaps come up with a telephone number, website or other contact information.

    I would also recommend that you access the Chapala Web Board on the right hand side of the home page of this site. Join the site (its free to join) and ask your question and I bet you will get several responses from people here who have had the same or similar procedure done.

    One thing for sure it will cost a fraction of what the same procedure would cost in the USA.

    Hope this helps. All for now, Siempre tu amigo, Sid

  • http://www.chapalaclub.com Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Again Charles, Here’s a link I found for a doctor in Guadalajara whose website indicates he does this type of procedure.


    All for now, Siempre tu amigo, Sid

  • http://na Charlie Williams

    Thanks sooo much for the info. This will certainly move up our departure date.


  • http://www.chapalaclub.com Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Again Charlie, I suspect that there will be a number of good doctrs to choose from.

    I noticed while doing my quickie research for you that a lot of links came up with Guadalajara and joint replacement in the same link.

    But when I read the information these doctors were practicing in places like New York City etc. They had Hispanic names and had all graduated from the University of Guadalajara and thus popped up in my search.

    No doubt they are rich men now. So, they did a bit of reverse out sourcing by outsourcing there talent to the USA.

    All for now, Siempre tu amigo, Sid

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