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[rocket boom] [♪ Rocketboom opening theme music ♪] Hello and good Monday, Cinco de Mayo, 2008. I'm Joanne and this is Cohete-boom. Typed in Cinco de Mayo, found this incredible report, decided to share it with you. The Fifth of May is not Mexican Independence Day, but it should be. And Cinco de Mayo's not an American holiday, but it should be. Mexico declared its independence from Mother Spain on midnight, the fifteenth of September, 1810. And it took 11 years before the first Spanish soldiers were told en force to leave Mexico. [ Get Out!] So, why Cinco de Mayo? And why should Americans savor this day as well? Because 4 thousand Mexican soldiers smashed the French and trained the Mexican Army of 8 thousand, at Pueblo, Mexico, 100 miles East of Mexico City on the morning of the fifth of May, 1862. The French had landed in Mexico, along with Spanish and English troops, 5 months earlier, on the pretext of collecting Mexican dirks from the newly elected government of Democratic President and Indian, Benito Juarez. The English and Spanish quickly made deals and left. The French, however, had different ideas. Under Emperor Napolean the Third, who detested the United States, the French came to stay. They brought a Hapsburg Prince with them to rule the new Mexican Empire. His name was Maximilian. His wife, Carlota. [French Army - 100 Everybody Else - 0] Napolean's French Army had not been defeated in 50 years, and it invaded Mexico with the finest modern equipment and with a newly reconstituted Foreign Legion. The French were not afraid of anyone, [Otherwise Engaged] especially since the United States was embroiled in it's own civil war. The French Army left the port of Vera Cruz to attack Mexico City to the west, as the French assumed that the Mexicans would give up should their capital fall to the enemy, as the European countries traditionally did. Under the command of Texas-born General Saragosa and the cavalry under the command of Proferio Diaz, later to be Mexico's President and dictator, the Mexicans awaited. Brightly dressed French Dragoons led the enemy columns. The Mexican Army was less stylish. General Saragosa ordered Colonel Diaz to take his cavalry, the best in the world, [FLANKS MEXICAN ARMY] out to the French flanks. In response, the French did a most stupid thing. They sent their Cavalry off to chase Diaz and his men, who proceeded to butcher them. The remaining French Infantrymen charged the Mexican defenders through sloppy mud from a thunderstorm and through hundreds of heads of stampeding cattle, stirred up by Indians armed only with machetes. When the battle was over, many French were killed or wounded and their cavalry was being chased by Diaz's superb horsemen miles away. Union forces were then rushed to the Texas-Mexican border under General Phil Sheridan, who made sure that the Mexicans got all the weapons and ammunition they needed to expel the French. American soldiers were discharged with their uniforms and rifles if they promised to Mexican Army to fight the French. The American Legion of Honor marched in the victory parade in Mexico City. It might be a historical stretch to credit the survival of the United States to those brave 4 thousand Mexicans who faced an army twice as large in 1862. But who knows? In gratitude, thousands of Mexicans crossed the border after Pearl Harbor to join the U.S. Armed Forces. As recently as the Persian Gulf war, Mexicans flooded American consulates with phone calls trying to join up and fight another war for America. Mexicans, you see, never forget who their friends are and neither do Americans. And that's why Cinco de Mayo is such a party. A party that celebrates freedom and liberty. There are 2 ideals which Mexicans and Americans have fought shoulder to shoulder to protect ever since the fifth of May, 1862. Lastly, Viva el Cinco de Mayo!

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Duration: 3 minutes and 43 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
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Posted by: rocketboom on May 5, 2008

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