Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Cinco De Mayo History

Most people don't know that back in 1912, Hellmann's mayonnaise wasmanufactured in England. In fact, the Titanic was carrying 12,000 jars ofthe condiment scheduled for delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico, which was to bethe next port of call for the great ship after its stop in New York.This would have been the largest single shipment of mayonnaise everdelivered to Mexico. But as we know, the great ship did not make it to NewYork. The ship hit an iceberg and sank, and the cargo was forever lost.The people of Mexico, who were crazy about mayonnaise, and were eagerlyawaiting its delivery, were disconsolate at the loss. Their anguish was sogreat, that they declared a National Day of Mourning, which they stillobserve to this day.The National Day of Mourning occurs each year on May 5th and is known, ofcourse, as Sinko de Mayo.

And remember........
Laissez les bon temps rouler!
And as always, thanks for listening!


Sugar said...

Most people think that today is Mexico' Independence Day! The 5th of May is not Mexican Independence Day, but it should be! And Cinco de Mayo is not an American holiday, but it should be.
Mexico declared its independence from mother Spain on midnight, the 15th of September, 1810. And it took 11 years before the first Spanish soldiers were told and forced to leave Mexico.
So, why Cinco de Mayo? And why should Americans savor this day as well? Because 4,000 Mexican soldiers smashed the French and traitor Mexican army of 8,000 at Puebla, Mexico, 100 miles east of Mexico City on the morning of May 5, 1862.
Have a nice Cinco De Mayo!!!

Unknown said...

you had me there for a moment!

Indigo said...

Loved your spin on it! (Hugs)Indigo

Marty said...

Sheesh ... your story was well-written with a certain amount of credibility to it for the first few sentences. I have to admit, I was half-believing you for a second there!

Dutch said...

I'm with Tabby, you had me going for a moment. LOL

Linda's World said...

That's a good one! Did you know that out here on the west coast, Hellmann's mayo is called Best Foods Mayonnaise? Same company, same stuff ~ just two different names. Linda in Washington

Jimmy's Journal said...

As a history buff, I can verify that your story is pinpoint accurate.

After learning of the Titanic tragedy, four Mexicans took off in a boat from Vera Cruz to attempt to salvage the floating Mayo.

Alas, their ship also hit the iceberg. Newspaper headlines the next morning read, "cuatro sinko"