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Cinco de Mayo

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El Cinco de Mayo - David E. Hayes-Bautista
Call Number: F 870 .S75 H384 2012
ISBN: 0520272129
Publication Date: 2012
Why is Cinco de Mayo--a holiday commemorating a Mexican victory over the French at Puebla in 1862--so widely celebrated in California and across the United States, when it is scarcely observed in Mexico? The author contends, the holiday is not Mexican at all, but rather an American one, created by Latinos in California during the mid-nineteenth century, the meaning of which continues to shift over time.

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The Latino Holiday Book - Valerie Menard
Call Number: GT 4803 .M45 2000
ISBN: 1569246467
Publication Date: 2000
Describes Hispanic holidays and celebrations throughout the year, from Cinco de Mayo to the feast day of the Virgin of Guadelupe

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Cinco de Mayo - Carol Gnojewski
Call Number: F 1210 .G55 2002
ISBN: 0766015750
Publication Date: 2002
Introduces the history, customs, and practices of this holiday commemorating the victory of the Mexican army over the French on May 5, 1862.




¡Viva México! ¡Viva Juárez! Viva el 5 de mayo!

The 5th of May is celebrated in the United States among the Mexican-American population, especially in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Various Mexican-American societies use the celebrations to commemorate the overthrow of the Mexican Imperial Monarchy headed by Maximilian of Austria. The Imperial Monarchy was imposed from 1864 to 1867 on Mexico by Napoleon III, Emperor of France (nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte) and the Mexican conservatives "Club de Notables".


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History of Cinco de Mayo

  cinco6                 The 1862 Battle of Puebla      Victory Against the Odds    

Early on May 5, 1862, General Ignacio Zaragoza, a Texas-born Mexican met General Laurencez and 6,000 French troops just 100 miles from Mexico City. The battle would take place in a muddy, uneven field. Zaragoza, leading a force of 4,000 troops, many of them agricultural workers armed with antiquated rifles and machetes. The French defeat is anually celebrated in Puebla, Mexico, and Mexican-American communities in the United States. 

History of Cinco de Mayo         Brief introduction to history and current significance of Mexican-American celebration.

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