Cinco De Mayo

History

Cinco De Mayo is a Mexican holiday that is widely celebrated in many countries around the world. It is commonly thought to be the day of Mexico becoming independent, however, this is not the case.

During the Mexican-American War, Mexico needed a loan from other countries in order to fund the supplies needed to fight. France, Britain, and Spain funded Mexico. After the war, the president of Mexico,Benito Juarez, asked the countries who funded them to wait for 2 years to be paid back. The countries sent naval crews to demand payment. A compromise was worked out for Britain and Spain, however, France declined Mexico's offer and attempted to destroy the nearby village of Puebla.

In an attempt to defend themselves, over 400 villagers of Puebla and a Mexican general defeated the larger,better trained, and better equipped French army.

Personally, I would still like to celebrate Cinco De Mayo, as it is still a great moment in Mexican history.