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Friday, May 5, 2017

6 Interesting Facts about Cinco de Mayo

1. Not a celebration of independence: it is actually the celebration of Mexico's victory in the battle at Puebla on May 5th, 1862 during the Franco-Mexican war. Even thought they were outnumbered, the victory became a source of pride for the country and is reason to celebrate still today

2. Mexico won the battle, but not the war: Although the Mexican Army won the battle at Puebla on May 5th, 1862 the French went on to win the war, occupying the region for five years

3. Napoleon III had multiple motives on May 5th: For Napoleon III, the battle at Puebla was an attempt at not only spreading his empire, but he also wanted to conquer a key Mexican access point to the U.S., where he intended to lend support to the confederate army during the Civil War in an effort to keep the U.S. divided and less powerful

4. Abraham Lincoln sympathized with the Mexican cause but...: he was unable to lend direct support to the nation due to the U.S. Civil War which was taking place at the same time. When the Civil War finally ended, the U.S. forced France to withdraw its troops from Mexico and their empire collapsed

5. Not a federal holiday in Mexico: It is a relatively minor holiday outside of Puebla, Veracruz and the United States. In Puebla and Veracruz, however, Cinco de Mayo is a very important state holiday celebrated with parades, festivals, and reenactments

6. Roosevelt helped popularize Cinco de Mayo in the U.S.: It became a popular holiday in the U.S. after President Franklin Roosevelt enacted the "Good Neighbor Policy" in 1933 to improve relations with Latin American countries

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