Saturday is Cinco de Mayo. In researching the holiday (skills writers should be very good at) I learned what Cinco de Mayo really commemorates. Like many Americans, I always thought Cinco de Mayo celebrated Mexico’s independence. It does not. Mexican independence is celebrated on September 16th. Mexico was experiencing difficulty paying back war debts to European countries. France came to Mexico to collect on that debt. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla.
In observance of Cinco de Mayo I planned to post a list of famous Mexican authors. Then reality took over and I realized this is a subject I know nothing about. So, I decided to let the professionals take over. The Latino Author.com – Page by Page Inspiration, offers in depth material on Mexican literature, and journalists and writers who wrote of Mexico’s history and politics.
The site also offers other information for writers:
- Writing Tools
- A Newsletter
- Blog – The Voice
- Book Reviews
- Author Interviews
- New Books
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
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