In the US, Cinco de Mayo is a day celebrated with Margaritas and Coronas… but what is the history behind this holiday?
Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican victory against French invasion on May 5, 1862, in a battle led by general Ignacio Zaragoza at the Battle of Puebla. French commanding general, Charles Latrille de Lorencez, arrived with the supposed aim of seeking claims after Mexico’s July 1861 suspension of debt payments. Against his Mexican associates advice that he take Puebla from the South, general Lorencez led his troops north where Forts Guadeloupe and Loreto stood. By late afternoon, Lorencez had lost nearly 500 men and was forced to retreat to the highlands west of Veracruz. It was on that night that the Mexicans celebrated Cinco de Mayo by singing the “Marseillaise”, the French national anthem.