Saturday, May 05, 2007
Cinco de Mayo
Wow! I guess I really don't know my history...
I had no idea that France invaded Mexico nor that Napoleon III was supplying troops to the Confederacy during the U.S. Civil War.
Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day, as some might believe. It is actually the anniversary (May 5, 1862) of the defeat of the French by a much smaller group of Mexican soldiers.
France had significant interest in halting the growth of the United States. The North American country’s rate of expansion and power was threatening to the other world powers. If Napoleon was successful in conquering Mexico, he planned to march north to aid the Confederates in dividing the United States into two less powerful and less threatening countries.
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Isn't it a joy that there's always more to learn?