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Cinco de Mayo History: From Bloodshed to Beer Fest

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Cinco de Mayo is often mistaken for Mexican Independence Day, which is actually September 16. On that date in 1810, Mexico declared its independence from Spanish rule. Related blog post: Cinco de Mayo in any language.Cinco de Mayo actually commemorates the Mexican army‘s unlikely defeat of French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Yet Cinco de Mayo is celebrated only sporadically in Mexico, mainly in the southern town of Puebla see map of Puebla and a few larger cities.In recent years, though, Cinco de Mayo rapidly gained popularity in the U.S., where changing demographics have helped to turn the holiday into a cultural event. Latinos are the largest minority in the U.S. today with 44.3 million people, representing 15 percent of the population, according to a July 2008 U.S. Census Bureau report.

via Cinco de Mayo History: From Bloodshed to Beer Fest.

If you’re looking for some culinary inspiration for the event, take a look at this tasty blog called Haute Apple Pie, musings for the modern homemaker. They have a special post concerning ideas for the classic Huevos Rancheros and their other posts are just as mouth-watering!

Strange Random Mexico Quote:

“In Mexico an air conditioner is called a politician because it makes a lot of noise but doesn’t work very well.” – Len Deighton (English Writer, b.1929)

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  1. May 5, 2011 at 12:09 pm

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