Introduction
Bienvenidos!  Welcome!  Cinco de Mayo, or the Fifth of May, commemorates the 1862 victory by Mexican forces over French soldiers.  The battle known as La Batalla de Puebla or "The Battle of Puebla" took place on May 5th.  It is a day marked by many Mexicans and those with Mexican ties as an important cultural event. Let's explore the roots of Hispanic culture by learning more about this day in the history of Mexico. 
 


Assignment
Visit the websites listed below to find the answers to the following questions. Answer the questions in paragraph form. Add a picture and follow the guidelines on your Word "Checklist". 

1.  What does the phrase "Cinco de Mayo" mean and why is it an important day in Mexican history?

2.  Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day.  When is the actual date the people of Mexico celebrate as their day of independence?

3.  What was the actual battle called between the French and Mexican forces on "Cinco de Mayo" and what year did it take place?

4.  Who was the leader of the Mexican forces? (not the President)

5.  What is the meaning of each of the colors of the Mexican flag?

6. Why is "Cinco de Mayo" important to American culture today? (You won't find this answer on the web page, you'll have to make up your own answer based on what you've read.)

 



Websites with information on the history of Cinco de Mayo
"Cinco de Mayo" will tell you many things about this important date in Mexican history.
Cinco de Mayo History will help you to tell the difference between Cinco de Mayo and Mexican Independence Day!
 
Mexico's Cinco de Mayo celebration.
The Mexican flag - its history and meaning.
Maps of Mexico - land view.
   

 


Conclusion
Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day.  However, it is an important date in the history of Mexico.  Cinco de Mayo is a date to celebrate the rich culture we share with our neighbors to the south.  Whether you live in Mexico or in the United States, the Hispanic lifestyle is rich with tradition.  Hopefully, you have learned something not only about history, but the culture and traditions of the Hispanic people.

as of 8/11/05