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Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de MayoBy, Colin Berry

The French eventually beat the Mexicans in different battles. The Mexican victory at Puebla against a bigger and better French army provided a large morale boost to the Mexican Army. We in the the United States celebrate in bars drinking beer and eating nachos. In Mexico, there is a pretty cool reenactment of a ferocious cavalry charge and hand-to-hand combat with machetes. Plus, cannons. Lots of cannons. Lots

Cinco de Mayo is significant to all Americans because no European power has ever invaded Mexico nor The United States since. Cinco de Mayo also celebrates how unlikely Mexico won against the French in the Battle of Puebla. France invaded Mexico in 1861 because Mexico halted payments on its loans to its European creditors. The battlefield of Puebla is now a park in Puebla with a statue of General Zaragoza riding horseback. There were 4,000 Mexican soldiers against French expeditionary forces composed of 8,000 men.

Benito Juarez was the President of Mexico between 1858 to 1872, in five different terms. He was considered a national hero for defending his government against Maximilian, who schemed with Napolean III of France to rule Mexcio. He also tried to modernize Mexico with reforms but that led to a revolt by conservatives. Maximilian (Ferdinand Maximilian Joseph) was duped into believing he had been elected as the first emperor of Mexico by Napoleon III as well as that the Mexican people wanted him. He was wrong, and later sentanced to death. Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte was a French military and political leader. He was trying to use Maximilian as a puppet of France to take control of Mexico.

The biggest misconception about Cinco de Mayo is that people think that it is Mexico’s Independence Day. In late 1861 and early 1862, the British, French, and Spanish forces arrived in Mexico with the goal of recovering loans made to the Mexican government. They didn't just want the loans, they led a revolt on the Mexican Army. On the morning of May 5, the French attacked. They believed that Puebla would fall easily: They were wrong. They decided on a direct ambush, ordering soldiers to focus on the strongest part of the defense. Thay thought that once the soldiers had taken the fort and had a clear line to the city, the people of Puebla would surrender quickly. Attacking the fortress directly would prove a huge mistake. The Battle of Puebla was under 4 than hours and ended on May 5, 1862. After the fall of the French at the Battle of Puebla, it took 2 years for the French to regroup. The French were eventually victorious, winning the Second Battle of Puebla.

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