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The Battle of Puebla
   
 
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Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not actually Mexico's independence day, which falls on September 16. Instead, Cinco de Mayo commemorates a historical event known as the Battle of Puebla, fought between Mexico and France on May 5, 1862.

"Mexico owed France, along with Spain and England, a lot of money. The three countries sent troops to Mexico to demand payment," according to ABC News. "Spain and England reached an agreement and left, but the French set out to attack Mexican forces in Puebla."
Although Mexico won the battle, the country was still conquered by the French less than a year later. Still, the battle energized residents of Mexico with a renewed sense of national pride.
Cinco de Mayo was declared a national holiday but remains a relatively minor one in Mexico. The holiday, though, became immensely more popular in the U.S., due in part to Mexican immigration, according to the U.S. News & World Report: "Over time the date came to be a showcase of Mexican ethnic identity rather than a celebration of the battle against the invading French forces."


Comments:
Never knew that - while reading, wondered why they make it a Holiday in the U.S.A., since "we" were not involved in the war. The U.S.A. is losing it's identity; as now it seems "some" un-patriots (elected officials), don't even want the 4th of July celebrated. It's time for Americans to stand up for what is "rightfully" theirs. Tired of all this mess!!!!!
Posted by noname at 5/5/2021 3:47:02 PM

It's time for Americans to stand up for what is "rightfully" theirs?
Americans have forcibly taken this Country from the original inhabitants and driven them out and back to their homelands or isolated them on reservations under government control.
Everything that is "rightfully" ours was taken away from others. America has a long, violent history of killing people to take over their land and all that comes with.
Posted by LT. at 5/8/2021 11:23:59 AM

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