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Blogs: Drinko de mayo – Puebla victory cause to celebrate

In a re-enactment of the Battle de Puebla on May 5, 1862, French troops  are surrounded by Mexican calvary in Puebla. The  historic battle is celebrated annually with a cast of 3,000 troops on  the Cinco de Mayo, the day in which Mexico defeated the French army, only to be decimated the following day.

In a re-enactment of the Battle de Puebla on May 5, 1862, French troops are surrounded by Mexican calvary in Puebla. The historic battle is celebrated annually with a cast of 3,000 troops on the Cinco de Mayo, the day in which Mexico defeated the French army, only to be decimated the following day.

We Americans long have used Cinco de Mayo as an excuse for a party, even though Mexico celebrates its independence on Sept. 16.

Perhaps we prefer May 5 because our Independence Day is July 4. Or maybe it’s because spring is a great season for a celebration.

But whatever the reason, we actually do have good cause to celebrate the 1862 victory by about 4,000 Mexican soldiers against some 8,000 French fighters in Puebla, east of Mexico City.

Because the Mexicans outwitted and outfought the French, Napolean III lost any chance to support the Confederate Army with more supplies – and that may have helped bring the Civil War to an end a bit more quickly.

Margaritas, anyone?

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