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Cinco de Mayo

The holiday of Cinco de Mayo (the 5th of May) is the remembrance of 4,000 Mexican soldiers who smashed the French and traitor Mexican army of 8,000 soldiers at Puebla Mexico on May 5, 1862.  While the United States was busy with their own Civil War, the French brought their best soldiers of the Foreign Legion and best equipment to take over Mexico. The battle was hard fought and General Phil Sheridan of the Union forces came to the aid of the Texas and Mexican fighters to be sure that they won. Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of freedom and liberty, for both Mexico and the United States. Today this holiday has become a celebration of Mexican culture, food, and music.

Web Sites:


The History of Cinco de Mayo

Mexico for Kids

Maps of Mexico

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Cinco de Mayo Games and Activities

Cinco do Mayo Recipes

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