Cinco de Mayo- The Battle of Puebla for Spanish I

Isn’t it time that everyone learns about the real reason Cinco de Mayo is celebrated?  Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day, the Sixteenth of September is.  Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of the Mexican forces over the French army at the Battle of Puebla.  It was a major turning point in the fight for Mexican independence that went on for five more years.

Here are the movers and shakers of 19th century Mexican history and Cinco de Mayo

  • Benito Juárez: The popular Mexican President of the Mexican Republic who inspired Mexican Independence from European domination.  Juárez was a Zapotec Indian.
  • Ignacio Zaragoza:  The Mexican general who won the Battle of Puebla.
  • Emperor Maximillian:  The puppet of the French government who was placed as the Mexican Emporer
  • Empress Carlota:  Maximilian’s wife

See Cinco de Mayo for Spanish I.

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