Around this time of year, I recall a particular day in a Mexican History class at the University of Houston back in early 1970s. Our professor briefly spoke about Cinco de Mayo and the Battle of Puebla that it celebrates. In this battle the Mexican army, which was greatly outnumbered by the French army, defeated the French. According to the professor, it was the only victory in battle by Mexico with a foreign army. Professor also stated the reason for the Mexican victory was the poor physical condition of the French troops. On voyage over from France, a cholera epidemic broke out among the troops, which killed many and left the rest in a pretty sorry physical condition. So, when battle fought, French really in no shape to effectively fight. Remember well, the professor laughing during his explanation of Cinco de Mayo and the circumstances of the battle. The few Hispanics in our class were some what upset with the professor's presentation.