You celebrated Cinco de Mayo and probably thought you were participating in Mexico's equivalent to the Fourth of July. But Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexico's fight against the French -- which, as the Germans will tell you, is no big deal. The real Mexican Independence Day is September 16, the day in 1810 on which Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rang the church bell in the town of Dolores and called upon his mostly Indian and mestizo church members to revolt against the Spanish rulers. The beginning of the revolution is celebrated each year on both sides... More >>>
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