Monday, May 05, 2008

Day of the Speedbump

Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone! Today commemorates the Battle of Puebla 146 years ago, in which the Mexican Army defeated the invading French forces, thus slowing ever so slightly their inexorable march towards victory. Yes, we're sad to report that one cannot write the military history of our adopted country without using the phrase "France's inexorable march towards victory." Less than two years after the Battle of Puebla, Maximilian of Hapsburg, Napoleon III's hand-picked puppet, was installed as Emperor of Mexico, where he ruled until May 15, 1867, when he was defeated by Benito Juarez's forces in a battle just up the street from us here in Querétaro. And yet, for some reason, Central Park West will not be lined with giant inflatable Corona bottles on May 15.

In the interest of restoring a little perspective here, Cinco de Mayo will henceforth be referred to as Dia del Tope - Speedbump Day - on this blog, and we urge others to do the same.

(Though, by all means, enjoy the parade.)

3 comments:

s said...

so there is a county where the French have marched inexorably toward victory ....shocking!
s

the historically correct (and somewhat pedantic) Mexfiles said...

You mean like Russia in 1811-12? Algeria in 1830, Indochina in 1857? Puebla was the Tet Offensive of the 19th century. Winning wasn't the point, but proving a peasant army could defeat a profession one was.

Burro Hall said...

So the point wasn't to win, it was to lose while showing winning was theoretically possible? Wow - Zaragoza was a master strategist.