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Cinco de Mayo Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday celebrated on the fifth of May yet it is celebrated regionally It commemorates the victory of the Mexicans by defeating the French Army in 1862 at the Battle of Puebla The Battle of Puebla happened at a time when Mexico was having many problems and were in crisis Mexico had just received their independence and were involved in the Mexican-American War and the Mexican Civil War During this time Mexico was in debt to Spain England and France eagerly demanding payment This was when Mexico stopped making payments to pay off their debts and France wanting to build upon its empire rebeled France made Napoleons relative Archduke Maximilian of Austria ruler of Mexico Along the way to Mexico City the French army encountered some strong resistance at the Mexican forts of Loreto and Guadalupe Lead by General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin a small poorly armed militia of about 4500 were able to stop and defeat a well outfitted French army of 6500 soldiers The victory was a glorious moment for Mexican patriots and is the cause for the historical dates celebrationUnfortunately the victory was short lived Upon hearing the bad news Napoleon found an excuse to send more troops overseas to help Maximilian 30000 more troops and a full year later the French were eventually able to defeat the Mexican army take over Mexico City and make Maximilian ruler Maximilians rule of Mexico was also short lived 1864-1867 and despite the French invasion of Mexico City the Battle of Puebla honors the bravery and victory of General Zaragozas small outnumbered militia in 1862Over the yearsCinco de Mayo has become very important and many people see this holiday as a time for fun and dance Cinco de Mayo has become more of Chicano holiday than a Mexican onePeople of Mexican descent in the United States celebrate this significant day by having mariachi music folklorico
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