For Pete Zamora of Rockport, Cinco de Mayo is more than a Mexican holiday celebrated in both Mexico and United States. His great grandfather, Porfirio Zamora, was a captain in the Mexican cavalry during the Battle of Puebla, fought on May 5, 1862.
“There were about 500 volunteers from Texas who fought with the Mexicans in the battle,” said Zamora. “Back then they were called Tejanos. After the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, all of the Tejanos had become American citizens. Many of them, like my great grandfather, still felt Mexican in their heart. I don’t know how my great grandfather and Ignacio Zaragoza were able to get so many volunteers. They didn’t have texting back then.”