Cinco De Mayo History
Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of the Mexican Army's victory over France during the Franco-Mexican War. During Mexico's war with France, the US was engaged in its Civil War. Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican victory at the Battle of Puebla. This battle was a significant turning point for the US as well. The French were US Confederate Army supporters. During the Battle of Puebla, their attention became so focused on the battle with Mexico that the US Union Army forces were able to advance and gain significant ground. It is considered a minor holiday inside Mexico however, in the US, Cinco de Mayo not only celebrates the victory at the Battle of Puebla, but also serves as a celebration of the culture and heritage of the Mexican people.
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