Today is an important day in the history of our neighbors to the south! Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for the “fifth of May,” is the observation date to commemorate the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla, which occurred May 5, 1862. The battle took place during the French occupation of Mexico. Its victory provided the Mexican Army, as well as the Mexican people, with a significant, unifying morale boost needed to continue resisting the French occupation.
While the battle didn’t lead to a huge turn in how the occupation was going – fighting continued through 1866 when Napoleon III retreated for political and financial reasons following the American Civil War and a threat of war with Prussia – it was significant for other reasons. For one, the morale mentioned above. The 4,000 Mexican soldiers defeating the well-equipped, 8,000-man French arm was certainly an occurrence of David and Goliath proportions. It was also significant because, since the Battle of Puebla, no country in the Americas has been invaded by any other European military force.
So since we know you’re already ready for Cinco de Mayo with a margarita in hand, why not try fixing up a little authentic Mexican food with these recipes from The Other Side of the Tortilla to really round out the celebration? After all, food is absolute, ultimate unifier, is it not?
Kat Wiseman is a content writer for Span Enterprises in Rock Hill, SC. She has a B.A. in English-Creative Writing from Winthrop University and her RYT 200 from Yoga Alliance. When she's not writing or doing yoga, she enjoys Netflix marathons, mystery novels, and being at the beach.