Sunday, May 04, 2008
Cinco de Mayo... It all began in Puebla
The Battle of Puebla.
Unlike the victory the French had and lost in Puebla Jon and I get to keep ours forver.
Just gotta love the Mexican hospitality!
Jon and Gary unwinding with beautiful Elke from Germany.
Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "5th of May") is primarily a regional and not a federal holiday in Mexico. The holiday commemorates an initial victory of Mexican forces led by General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín over French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. A common misconception in the United States is that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico's Independence Day; Mexico's Independence Day is actually September 16 which is the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico.
Although the Mexican army was victorious over the French at Puebla, the victory only delayed the French invasion of Mexico City; a year later, the French occupied Mexico. The French occupying forces placed Maximilian I, Emperor of Mexico on the throne of Mexico. The French were eventually defeated and expelled in 1867. Maximilian was executed by President Benito Juarez, five years after the Battle of Puebla.
All I can say is thank God Mexico kicked Maximilian's ass. Can you in your wildest imagination imagine what a French taco would taste like! Besides I can think of nothing that was more exciting than the grand welcome the city of Puebla gave us in what has to be one of the most special stops of La Carrera Panamericana. These photos simply do not do justice since there is not a camera built that can capture the beauty of Puebla let alone the vivid excitement bestowed on us by the citizens of Puebla.
This is my idea of how to enjoy a couple of Coronas. There is nothing like beautiful gals that are color coordinated to match the car. Yeah Baby!