[Ravensfort] Cinco de Mayo
ENV_DRH at SHSU.EDU
Thu May 7 07:52:52 PDT 2009
The Lord of the Manor would have me announce:
According to the Irish, Cinco de Mayo originated as a memorial to a tragic loss.
County Mayo lies on the western coast of Ireland and is the namesake of a emulsified condiment made up mostly of vegetable oil and egg white. It is one of the area's most coveted exports. Just to the South at Cobh, also known as Queenstown, Ireland, was the last departure point of the famous Titanic, on April 12, 1912. According to Irish legend, a large shipment of this particular condiment was being sent in the holds of the great Titanic to be delivered to Mexico. The Titanic sunk on April 14, 1912 with a tragic loss of life and all of the precious Mexican cargo. Word of its loss reached Mexico on the 5th of May and there was much remorse, not only for the loss of human life, but also mourning for the loss of their long anticipated cargo, know, of course, as "Mayo-naise."
The date the Mexican's now mark annually as the "sinking of the Mayo." Or, in Spanish, "Cinco de Mayo."
Humble scribe to the LoTM,
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Cinco de Mayo salutations, y'all.
This celebration has always seemed a little strange to me.
It is a celebration of Mexico's victory over the French at the battle of Puebla on the 5th of May 1862.
The dirty little secret about this is the fact that on May 17th 1863 the French retook the city.
The French had invaded Mexico because it was not making payments on debts to its European lenders.
Not wanting to be cheated on good faith loans France did not discourage easily.
They went on to capture the Capital and on May 28th 1864 Maximilian was formally crowned Emperor of Mexico.
So May turned out to be a pretty good month for the French after all.
Unfortunately for France, the American Civil War came to an end the next year.
Had it not been for the U.S. freebees to the Mexican rebels most people in south Texas would now hear les sons du francais.
Being from Louisiana, I would not mind that at all.
Perhaps Mexico should pick another month and day to celebrate since the May 5th victory was so short lived.
As for me, today I will adorn myself with the fleur de lis and seek a sassy French beer.
I include wikipedia sites not so much for the accuracy of their facts, but rather for the cool art work they usually use.
"what shall it profit a man,
if he shall gain the whole world,
and lose his own soul ?"
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