Sunday, May 4, 2008

Cinco de Mayo

We celebrate Cinco de Mayo today, with this picture from Taos, New Mexico in 1940.

Most people seem to think that Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day, but in fact it commemorates the Mexican victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. You see, while the US had its hands full with the Civil War, France invaded Mexico. The Battle of Puebla was a key Mexican Victory, and the date is commemorated to this day. So, today would be a great day for you to cook up some authentic Mexican Food.


  1. That photo of New Mexicans doesn't really go with
    Cinco de
    Mayo. New Mexico was a territory of the U.S. when Mexico was celebrating the victory against France in the Battle of Puebla. Native Hispanic New Mexicans don't celebrate Mexican heritage.

  2. This picture is a treasure. A proud poppa, a 'but I don't wanna dance' daughter, a 'who cares' cousin, and finally. the 'oh get over it! sister. The looks on those children's faces tell the story. The cinco de mayo picture was just as great.