CAVE History Update, September 16, 2003, "September 16th, Mexican Independence Day"
Colonial Mexico's battle for independence against Spain began on September 16, 1810 and officially ended with victory in 1821, but political turmoil continued for Mexico into the next century. Those of you who have studied the history of the Southwest also know that the land hunger of the United States also provided problems for and a war with Mexico into the late 1840s.
For Mexico, another victory in a battle against France on May 5, 1862, "Cinco de Mayo," provided for Mexican pride and the celebration of another holiday. "Cinco de Mayo" and "Diez y Seis" (September 16, 1810) often get confused in the minds of non-Hispanics until we non-Hispanics take the time to investigate. The link opens a short explanation of the two events that I wrote five years ago.
This was published In the September 2003 issue with five other CAVE History Updates at:
At the same page are some very well done Canyons and Caves newsletters done by Dale Pate and others; a few of them also contain history "entries."