Grades 3-12 | Mexic-Arte Museum presents Cinco De Mayo - 5/4/18 2:10pm EST
About this event:
Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican history, often mistaken for Mexican Independence Day. However, students will learn that this important he holiday does not commemorate Mexico’s independence from Spain, but actually marks a specific victory of Mexico over France at French at the Battle of Puebla, to regain Mexico from the French. Although the French army eventually won, the significance this victory in Puebla is historically significant for two main reasons. Firstly, Mexico defeated over a much bigger and more well-equipped French army against all odds. Secondly, since the Battle of Puebla, no country in the American continent has been invaded by any other European military force. Furthermore, historians have suggested that, had Mexico not defeated the French in Puebla, France would have gone to the aid of the Confederacy in the U.S. Civil War and the United States’ destiny would have been different. Students will explore these topics as well as discover how the U.S. and Mexico celebrate the holiday with parades, regional dances and music.
Grade Range: 3-12
Curriculum: Social Studies, Cultural
Tags: Cultural, Mexico, history