Thursday, May 5, 2011


Mayo is a four letter word.  

Just to be clear, thats the Spanish word "Mayo", pronounced my-o.  Not to be confused with the white condiment.

Today is Cinco de Mayo, May fifth, and is a holiday that commemorates the Mexican victory at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 over the invading French army. The victory was also something of a surprise - the Mexican army was undermanned and underpowered compared to the French.  In defeating the French, they halted French plans to extend their empire in the Americas and provided a major boost in morale to the Mexican people.

The victory, however, was relatively short-lived.  A year later, a much larger French force finally deposed the Mexican government and installed their own government over Mexico.  Within three years, however, Mexico had again fought off European conquerors and re-established her independence.

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