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    Why is cinco de mayo celebrated in a latin culture?

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    It's kind of like the forth of July
    It is Mexico's Independence Day from Spainish (as in Spain) rule... As far as why it is made a big to-do in the USA, I am not sure except for the sheer ridiculous way society is today and the unaddressed issue of how California is being silently taken back over by the neighbors to the south of this country!! Fiesta Grande! Wake up, people
    gary

    So, why Cinco de Mayo? And why should Americans savor this day as well? Because 4,000 Mexican soldiers smashed the French and traitor Mexican army of 8,000 at Puebla, Mexico, 100 miles east of Mexico City on the morning of May 5, 1862.

    The French had landed in Mexico (along with Spanish and English troops) five months earlier on the pretext of collecting Mexican debts from the newly elected government of democratic President (and Indian) Benito Juarez. The English and Spanish quickly made deals and left. The French, however, had different ideas.

    Under Emperor Napoleon III, who detested the United States, the French came to stay. They brought a Hapsburg prince with them to rule the new Mexican empire. His name was Maximilian; his wife, Carolota. Napoleon's French Army had not been defeated in 50 years, and it invaded Mexico with the finest modern equipment and with a newly reconstituted Foreign Legion. The French were not afraid of anyone, especially since the United States was embroiled in its own Civil War.


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