Why we celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Arizona
No, it's not Mexican Independence Day, that's September 16th. But the 5th of May was a very important day, both to Mexico and to the United States. To understand it, you have time-travel back to the time of the Civil War. To be precise, 1862.
Although by the time this article was printed, in 1918, the United States was an ally of France, they weren't in 1862. In fact, the French were fighting their way through Mexico, with undoubtably the thought of getting some of that valuable land that nowadays is Arizona. And the United States was particularly vulnerable as they were fighting a Civil War, with no troops to spare in the event of an attack by the French.
And here is the important part - on May 5th, 1862, the Mexican army stopped them. And that meant that the United States would not be in danger, and the French army went away, never to come back.
¡Viva Mexico! ¡Viva Los Estados Unidos!
Article from the Arizona Republican newspaper, 1918. Liberary of Congress - http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84020558/1918-05-06/ed-1/seq-1.pdf
Posted by Brad Hall