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Viva Cinco de Mayo! A time when Americans and Mexicans worked together side by side for a common cause.

History of Cinco de Mayo: Battle of Puebla

In 1861 the liberal Mexican Benito Juárez (1806-1872) became president of a country in financial ruin, and he was forced to default on his debts to European governments. In response, France, Britain and Spain sent naval forces to Veracruz to demand reimbursement. Britain and Spain negotiated with Mexico and withdrew, but France, ruled by Napoleon III (1808-1873), decided to use the opportunity to carve a dependent empire out of Mexican territory. Late in 1861, a well-armed French fleet stormed Veracruz, landing a large French force and driving President Juárez and his government into retreat.

Certain that success would come swiftly, 6,000 French troops under General Charles Latrille de Lorencez (1814-1892) set out to attack Puebla de Los Angeles, a small town in east-central Mexico. From his new headquarters in the north, Juárez rounded up a rag-tag force of 2,000 loyal men—many of them either indigenous Mexicans or of mixed ancestry—and sent them to Puebla. Led by Texas-born General Ignacio Zaragoza (1829-1862), the vastly outnumbered and poorly supplied Mexicans fortified the town and prepared for the French assault. On May 5, 1862, Lorencez drew his army, well provisioned and supported by heavy artillery, before the city of Puebla and led an assault from the north. The battle lasted from daybreak to early evening, and when the French finally retreated they had lost nearly 500 soldiers. Fewer than 100 Mexicans had been killed in the clash.

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  1. war never ends its always raging somewhere i listened to the old man in the video saying do not panic this world makes us panic always rushing ahead without time to reflect hve a lovely week eddie xxjen

  2. Hello dear Eddie, as dreamwalker says, nothing has changed and wars rage on…when will we learn…
    Thanks for your lovely visits and comments.
    Love ya 🙂
    Love Summer Breeze

  3. I enjoy reading about historical facts.. find it fascinating… Thankyou for sharing this info.. much appreciated… 🙂
    Have a magical day Eddie… 🙂
    Big hugs!

  4. A Day in remembrance, A day when maybe Justice prevailed upon the victors .. And a Day when those who thought themselves elite Lost their battle and retreated.. And another Day in History when many men lost their lives following orders of Men in Power..
    Nothing Much changes down the line of History Eddie,, Sad,, Very Sad, that Mankind never learns.. and still We battle, and Kill..

    Loved all the links on here too Eddie… I spent some time looking at the pictures in Mexico..

    Have a Great Weekend..Dreamwalker

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