Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cinco De Mayo

Everyone is celebrating all over the place. I have decided to stay home. But then the urge hit me for a little R & C. Why Not? I can celebrate too, in my own place.

"It's the most unhappy people who most fear change."

Came across one of the myths of Cinco De Mayo. And myths on dancing have existed for centuries.

This one called for a shipment coming from New York to Vera Cruz, Mexico in the mid 1800s. It consisted mainly of 500 huge buckets of Mayonnaise. And the Mexican were just learning to like their Mayo. Coming into the Gulf of Mexico a great storm arose and the boat sank.

This shocked everyone in Mexico with the news that they had lost their mayo.  And they decided to commemorate the day with a New Holiday, and they called it, "Sinko de Mayo."

Well, every one is entitled to their myths.

"Sabor A Mi" By Edyie Gorme

Da Reel Story or pretty close to it:

Benito Juarez
On July 17, 1861, Mexican President Benito Juárez issued a moratorium in which all foreign debt payments would be suspended for two years. In response, France, Britain, and Spain sent naval forces to Veracruz to demand reimbursement.

Britain and Spain negotiated with Mexico and withdrew, but France, at the time ruled by Napoleon III, decided to use the opportunity to establish a Latin empire in Mexico that would favor French interests, the Mexican Empire.

Benito Juarez was full blooded Indian. One big difference, he was an educated man and he was always ready to die for his principles and he was President of Mexico.

The Battle of Puebla
The 8,000-strong French army attacked the much more poorly equipped Mexican army of 4,000. Yet, on May 5, 1862, the Mexicans who were fighting on their land, managed to decisively crush the French army, the best army of the time. In spite of everything, this was their day. Even though the French eventually took over.
This day will always be a day of remembrance and celebration.

Napoleon III, had looked at the Americas as a perfect spot for his megalomania. The Kingdom of Mexico would have been perfect. But then with his sycophantic advisers he thought better of it. The Mexican Empire and Maximilian as the Emperor of the Mexican Empire would be much better.

As an Empire they could see Central America as possibles. And then there was the US to the North. The US was on the verge of civil war. Who could tell, Maybe? The French established a good government in Mexico city and they did a lot of good.

Maximilian's last moments.
Can you imagine a Saturday night at the Palacio Social, with all the attendees dressed to perfection and with a live orchestra, dancing the new dance that was called the Waltz. Of course they were all Europeans. No one thought to let the Indians in on it, heavens forbid.

The Mexican Empire lasted only 3 years, from 1864 to 1867. With the U.S. Civil War over in 1865, the U.S. was able to provide more assistance to Mexico to expel the French, after which Maximilian I was executed by the Mexicans, along with his Mexican generals Miramón and Mejía, in the Cerro de las Campanas. As Juarez told Maximilian, he had no personal animosity against him but he must die to convince the world of Mexico's human sovereignty.