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Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Why is Cinco de Mayo More Popular in America Than in Mexico? | US News

Why is Cinco de Mayo More Popular in America Than in Mexico? | US News

The real story of Cinco de Mayo weaves together
two concurrent wars—the French intervention in Mexico (also known as
The Maximillian Affair) and the American Civil War. On May 5, 1862,
defending Mexican forces under Ignacio Zaragoza defeated Napoleon III's
French army at Puebla, one of the most important Spanish colonial cities
in Mexico. At the time, the French army was considered to be the most
powerful fighting force in the world, and the unlikely Mexican victory
resulted in a decree by then-Mexican President Benito Juárez that a
celebration of the battle be held each year on May 5th. Cinco de Mayo
was born, but it was about to be kidnapped.

As the French were making war with Mexico, the
American Confederacy was courting Napoleon's help in its conflict with
the United States. At the time of the Battle of Puebla, the Confederacy
had strung together impressive victories over the Union forces. According to some historians,
the French, who made war with Mexico on the pretext of collecting debt,
planned to use Mexico as a "base" from which they could help the
Confederacy defeat the North, and the Mexican victory at Puebla made the
French pause long enough for the Union army to grow stronger and gain
momentum. Had the French won at Puebla, some contend,
the outcome of the American Civil War could have been much different,
as the French and Confederates together could have taken control of the
continent from the Mason Dixon line to Guatemela, installing an
oligarchical, slave-holding government.

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