Well, as yall know today is Cinco de Mayo. Im sure some of you think this is Mexican Independence day or some shit, but I know shackers are generally a smart group and know that La Batalla (battle) de Cinco de Mayo was actually a fight between the Mexicans and the French.
When Benito Juarez was president, Mexico owed a LOT of money to other nations, including Spain and France. So, Juarez permited these nations to stay in the harbours of Mexico to collect money. Under Napoleon III, the French decided they wanted to take Mexico. With the US in Civil war, the Monroe Doctrine was not going to be much of an issue. So, the French took over and pushed Juarez and his constitutional democracy north. One of the key battles to kick the French out and obviously one of the biggest was what the Mexicans call "La Batalla de no intervencion." The big name from this battle was Porfilo Diaz who then became ruler of Mexico durring the last half of the 19th century and brought Mexico up to speed with the rest of the world, while keeping the poor opressed.
Anyhoo, last July I visited "Las Fuertas" (The forts) in Puebla where the battle was fought and my little digital camera was there.http://firstname.lastname@example.org/puebla/
- all the pictureshttp://email@example.com/puebla/P7160004%20(Medium).JPG
Large flag outside the museum. Note the hill there. This would NOT have been a fun place to fight a war.http://firstname.lastname@example.org/puebla/P7160005%20(Medium).JPG
The grass where a lot of the fighting took place.
The sign reads: Here died 100s of (our) compadres on the 5th of May of 1862 for defending the pinciple of "No Intervention"http://email@example.com/puebla/P7160007%20(Medium).JPG
This shows a tactic that kinda fucked up the french when they tried to storm the walls of the fort. They thought the walls were not as high, and they got stuck down in that little trench.http://firstname.lastname@example.org/puebla/P7160009%20(Medium).JPG
The gates to the fort (and museum now inside) and some poor old mexican gaurd http://email@example.com/puebla/P7160011%20(Medium).JPG
The flag that flew over the fort durring the battlehttp://firstname.lastname@example.org/puebla/P7160016%20(Medium).JPG
A view from inside the fort looking at the walls.http://email@example.com/puebla/P7160017%20(Medium).JPG
Puebla is up in the mountains and you can see how quickly the land drops off from these fort walls. You can also see the city in this picture.http://firstname.lastname@example.org/puebla/P7160019%20(Medium).JPG
Thats one of the Volcanos that surrounds Puebla. I think this is La Malinche but it could be Popocatepetl. I never really learned which was which.http://email@example.com/puebla/P7160020%20(Medium).JPG
Another view outside the fort. Again you can see how this helped a few mexicans kick a lot of French ass!
There are some more pictures there, including the HQ shots. One that doesnt have to do with the forts but I know you will ask me about ishttp://firstname.lastname@example.org/puebla/P7160026%20(Medium).JPG
We caught a bus to go back from the forts and in the median area between a side street and the main road was this dog carcus. Dogs are EVERYWHERE in Mexico and I think I saw 3-4 different dog carcuses
I dont want to end on a sad note, so Feliz Cinco de Mayo!!!