Today is May 5, or Cinco de Mayo, a celebration of, uh, um…..
Well, honestly, more than a few people seem to have no idea what Cinco de Mayo is actually about.
I know what it’s about.
Yup. It’s about having a big-ass PAR-TAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA—ow! What the hell, man!
Oh stop it, you’re fine.
Why the hell did you slap me?
It needed to happen. You’re being an idiot. You don’t really know what Cinco de Mayo is about, either, do you?
It’s like the 4th of July for Mexico, right?
I know that’s not it. Let’s hit the interwebz. [Googles.] Huh, that’s interesting.
What? Let me see!
Cinco de Mayo is, traditionally speaking, a celebration of Mexico’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
Wait, French forces? What’s that about?
Not pictured: The Ark of the Covenant.
The French invaded Mexico in 1861 after the Mexican president, Benito Juárez, stopped making interest payments to foreign-government creditors. French Emperor Napoleon III, supported at first by Britain and Spain, claimed that the invasion was necessary to ensure free trade between Europe and Latin America.
That sounds like kind of a big deal. Wouldn’t the U.S. have gotten involved? Continue reading