Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo is a date of great importance for the Mexican and Chicano communities. It marks the victory of the Mexican Army over the French at the Battle of Puebla. Althought the Mexican army was eventually defeated, the "Batalla de Puebla" came to represent a symbol of Mexican unity and patriotism. With this victory, Mexico demonstrated to the world that Mexico and all of Latin America were willing to defend themselves of any foreign intervention. Especially those from imperialist states bent on world conquest.

Cinco de Mayo's history has its roots in the French Occupation of Mexico. The French occupation took shape in the aftermath of the Mexican-American War of 1846-48. With this war, Mexico entered a period of national crisis during the 1850's. Years of not only fighting the Americans but also a Civil War, had left Mexico devastated and bankrupt. On July 17, 1861, President Benito Juarez issued a moratorium in which all foreign debt payments would be suspended for a brief period of two years, with the promise that after this period, payments would resume.

The English, Spanish and French refused to allow president Juarez to do this, and instead decided to invade Mexico and get payments by whatever means necessary. The Spanish and English eventually withdrew, but the French refused to leave. Their intention was to create an Empire in Mexico under Napoleon III. Some have argued that the true French occupation was a response to growing American power and to the Monroe Doctrine (America for the Americans). Napoleon III believed that if the United States was allowed to prosper indescriminantly, it would eventually become a power in and of itself.

In 1862, the French army began its advance. Under General Ignacio Zaragoza, 5,000 ill-equipped Mestizo and Zapotec Indians defeated the French army in what came to be known as the "Batalla de Puebla" on the fifth of May.
In the United States, the "Batalla de Puebla" came to be known as simply "5 de Mayo" and unfortunately, many people wrongly equate it with Mexican Independence which was on September 16, 1810, nearly a fifty year difference.
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These stamps from Stamps Happen are perfect for today! Ooooh, for some garden tomatoes to make fresh salsa!! These would make cute place cards and invitations for a Mexican theme dinner wouldn't they! ......mmmmm....ok, I'm seriously craving Mexican right now!!
This card is a combo technique and color challenge on SCS. The techinque is wax paper resist with a twist. I ran 2 pieces of wax paper through the Cuttlebug with 2 different folders, placed the wax paper over my cardstock and taking some copy paper to sandwich it between, I ironed over it. The wax transfers to your cardstock and leaves a pattern which magically appears when you brayer ink over it!! Cool huh!
The images are colored with a combo of Prismacolor pencils and Copics. I stamped and colored a second image, cut it out and popped it up over each one. The swirly clip is held on by Helmar's Scrap Dots glue....amazing stuff!
!Espero que haya un maravilloso 5 de mayo!
Gracias por pasar

5 comments :

Connie said...

Oh fun, Dawn! The perfect card for today!!

Stamp Talk with Tosh said...

What a fun Cinco de Mayo card Dawn!! Love the vibrant colors! So perfect for this day's celebration!

Jerri Kay said...

Way too cute Dawn, I love it!

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

Sooooooooh pretty and fun! Such beautiful HOT colours! Mmmm I love making homemade salsa! Homegrown tomatoes (and Cilantro too!) Yum!

- dlm. said...

What a fun card, Dawn! I love your use of colour.