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Cinco de Mayo

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What is this holiday about'

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updated MAY 19, 2009
posted by david-emptage

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my grandpa has a rose called cinco de mayo lol

updated MAY 19, 2009
posted by Dakota-
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What is this holiday about?

The Mexican people threw out the French emperor around this time.
The emperor was executed and his his wife "Charlotte" was in France by this time, she was being held "incomunicado" because she lost her mind. I think she began thinking she was a male.There is a lot of mistery about her mental illness,but she was definetly mentally ill.

A lot of French's Foreing Legionaires were send to Mexico to fight the French's king war in Mexico, but a lot of them deserted their outfits and went to USA.

Results and Lessons Learned From miltary history on line.com

It is one thing to conquer a nation; it is another to hold it. It is one thing to capture fortresses and defeat enemy armies in the field. It is another to build a working government and win the people over after a civil war. A puppet ruler too weak to hurt you, cannot help you either. Finally, war is a test of wills. Juárez was able to hold together support and keep fighting. Napoleon III never did rally national support for his scheme, and finally found the contest too expensive.
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**4) This brings up a related subject: Get used to the idea of dying for a lost cause. Although it's a formidable fighting force, the legion over the years has been squandered on one stupid military adventure after another. The Mexican campaign of 1863-'67 was a case in point. A French army with the Foreign Legion in the vanguard installed the Austrian archduke Ferdinand Maximilian as emperor of Mexico. The Mexicans resisted fiercely, and nearly half of the 4,000 legionnaires sent to Mexico died or deserted. Shortly after the legion was withdrawn, Maximilian was captured and shot by a Mexican firing squad.
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updated MAY 19, 2009
posted by 00769608
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinco_de_Mayo

updated MAY 18, 2009
posted by lazarus1907
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