May 5, 2012 – El Día de la Batalla de Puebla

Cinco de Mayo. It’s a date that speaks about a fight for freedom.  Today, commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Peubla in 1862. When I read the story again last night, the powerful message that came through loud and clear: the need for freedom inspires courage and ingenuity to stand up to the powerful aggressor knowing, without a doubt, you are the weaker challenger. Some people think Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s Independence Day. That is celebrated on September 16th , arguably the most important Mexican patriotic holiday. However, May 5th was a tipping point, a great symbolic victory for the Mexican government which strengthened the resistance movement to continue the fight.

The question that remains –  would we have been as brave?

The Coast of Mexico

3 thoughts on “May 5, 2012 – El Día de la Batalla de Puebla

  1. Yes, I believe all people like to be free (there are exceptions to all rules). It is natural for the cinco of Mayo to be important to Mexico even if it isn’t celebrated as Independence Day. I am reminded of the Independence Day in Brazil. Brazil has a long history. The Dutch were very successful as were others. The discovery of gold made Brazil the star in Portugal’s empire. Portugal had a large influence for a long time, with kings that reigned, some with more success than others. There was no revolt, uprising or war to introduce independence. The country simply declared its independence from Portugal on September 7, 1822..

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    • Thank you so much for sharing a different kind of independence! You have motivated me to do some more digging. I love a research project – but then, you probably already knew that!!!

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