A little history lesson this morning on May the 5th (Cinco de Mayo). Our son asked if we were going to any celebrations this weekend to mark the event. But Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more in the U.S. than in Mexico. Here's why...
The Battle of Puebla took place May 5, 1862. It pitted some 4,500 members of the Mexican army against 7,000 members of the French army. The Mexicans won that battle and it was almost two years before the French regrouped enough to eventually take Puebla and move on to Mexico City.
But in that two year period, the United States was in the midst of the American Civil War. The French had been supporters of the South and intended to use a southern route through Mexico to supply the Southern Confederacy with arms and possibly manpower.
Also during that two year period, the Battle of Gettysburg took place. Had the French been able to win that May 5th battle at Puebla, the South may have been better equipped and the Battle of Gettysburg may have had a very different outcome. Of course the South lost the Battle of Gettysburg and eventually the war itself.
Interesting stuff, and until this week we didn't realize the significance of the day!
Apparently the rainy season has begun. It rained fairly hard overnight and it's actually a bit overcast this morning. Spent yesterday doing more preparations to Sherman getting him ready for his 5 month rest. Gave the roof a bit of a wash and inspected the caulking. Cleaned the windows and screens in the bedroom. Ruth cleaned the oven and sorted the storage area under the bed.
A little better day at the polls yesterday, with 174 votes registered to vault us over the 5,000 mark!