History

A historical highlight of the city and a familiar tie to a well celebrated but misunderstood event in the United States is Cinco de Mayo. In 1852 when Mexico was at war France, the Mexican General Ignacio de Zaragoza fortified the Cerro de Guadalupe in Puebla against the French invaders. On May 5th 1862 against all odds 2000 of General Zaragoza’s men fended off an attack from over 6000 French soldiers. This battle has great significance in the city of Puebla but has little recognition within the country of Mexico as a whole. Cinco de Mayo is often mistaken as Mexico’s Independence Day and has been used to commemorate Mexican heritage in the United States.

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