This Day In History: Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla

This Day In History: Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is a French word for 'Fifth of May'. The day is marked special in Mexico and parts of the United states. It is a holiday for the Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, to honor a military victory in 1862 over the French forces Napeleon III.

In 1861, Mexico announced a temporery moratorium on foreign debts, a message that was not well received. Troops from English, Spanish, and French invaded the country, all attempting to establish a monachry but later in 1862, English and Spanish gave in. However, the French had a massive support from wealthy landowners and stood still. Their effort to curb US power under Maximilan of Austria in North America did not bear any fruits

On May 5th, Mestizo and Zapotec forces defeated the french troops at the Battle of Puebla. Since then, the victory became a symbol of Mexican resistance to foreign domination. It was for this reason that the city was renamed to Puebla de Zaragoza. and the battlefield was maintained as a park. 

This however, does not mark the Mexican Indipendence day, which is celebrated on September 16.