Cinco De Mayo has become a great day to enjoy mexican food and a variety of adult beverages. But, what exactly are we commemorating?
Cinco De Mayo
Cinco De Mayo is the celebration of Mexican forces over the French in 1862 at the Battle of Puebla. The Mexican Army, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Sequin, defeated the French even though they were outnumber 2-1.
Within a year the French would come back, defeat the Mexican Army and install Emperor Maximilian. Once the American Civil War was over we would assist our southern neighbors by 1867 Maximilian was executed.
Getting Started in Mexico Genealogy Research
If you are getting started in researching your Mexican Roots here are some helpful links to get you started.
Historical Mexico Records at Family Search
Genealogy of Mexico at About.com
The Aztec Club - Military Society of Mexican Wars
Boundary Disputes - Prelude to a War (PBS)
Have a great Cinco De Mayo!