Cinco de Mayo History: An American Celebration of the Battle of Puebla

What is Cinco de Mayo anyway? Contrary to popular belief, it's not Mexican Independence Day, which is commemorated Sept. 16. It actually celebrates the 1862 Mexican victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla and, according to many people, is more of a U.S. holiday than a Mexican one. For the average Mexican, today is just another Wednesday, wrote Oscar Casares, a professor at the University of Texas-Austin. "The holiday, which has never really been much of one in Mexico, crossed over...Full Story
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