Cinqo de Mayo: or the Day of the Battle of Puebla.
Mexico had just finished fighting America for independence, in which it lost Texas, and a couple of civil wars, and decided not to pay any foreign debt for two years until its economy had recovered.
Britain and Spain popped over but realised the decision was for the best; Napoleon III, however, decided to take the opportunity to build a Latin Empire.
But, even though France was then the world’s top army, Mexico crushed it. This is what’s celebrated on this day.
A year later the French came back and occupied Mexico for three years, but once the US was done with its own civil war, it helped Mexico push them out.
Here are some tips on how to celebrate it.
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