On May 5th, 1862 La Batalla de Puebla, was fought. When the battle was over, the
untrained Mexican forces (made up of commoners) had won victory over the all-
powerful French army. Although this victory did not win was, it did show the
courage and strength of the Mexican troupes.
Mexico had gained its independence from Spain in 1821 but there were
internal power struggles that left Mexico shaky. Then in 1846. under the
dictatorship of Santa Anna,
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and the rest of
Mexico. The ruled there until 1867, then Juarez was restored to power where he
ruled until his death in 1872.
Cinco de Mayo celebrates the courage of the Mexican people during the
battle on May 5th. It is often confused with the Mexican Independence Day, which
occurred September 16, 1810 about 50 years later. The United Stated celebrates
Cinco de Mayo on a much larger scale than Mexico with Fiestas, parades, mariachi
music and piñatas.