By Wyatt Earp | May 5, 2010
I am combining ideas today. I figure I could post a babe while also writing about Cinco de Mayo. It’s a dos-fer!
In 1861, the liberal Mexican Benito Juarez became president of a country in financial ruin, and he was forced to default on his debts to European governments. In response, France, Britain, and Spain sent naval forces to Veracruz to demand reimbursement. Late in 1861, a well-armed French fleet stormed Veracruz, landing a large French force and driving President Juarez and his government into retreat.
6,000 French troops under General Charles Latrille de Lorencez set out to attack Puebla de Los Angeles. Juarez rounded up a rag-tag force of loyal men and sent them to Puebla. Led by Texas-born General Zaragoza, the 2,000 Mexicans fortified the town and prepared for the French assault. On the fifth of May, 1862, Lorencez drew his army, well-provisioned and supported by heavy artillery, before the city of Puebla and began their assault from the north. The battle lasted from daybreak to early evening, and when the French finally retreated they had lost nearly 500 soldiers to the fewer than 100 Mexicans killed.
Today, Mexicans celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla as Cinco de Mayo, a national holiday in Mexico.
And it is usually “celebrated” like Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated . . . with lost and lots of cervezas!
There’s another photo below the fold.
Because when we talk about Mexican babes, I have to post a picture of SI Swimsuit Supermodel Elsa Benitez!