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“Cinco de Mayo” is not Mexico’s Independence Day

Contrary to popular belief, “Cinco de Mayo” is not Mexico’s Independence Day.

In fact, “Cinco de Mayo” (May 5) is actually a regional holiday in Mexico, with the celebrations primarily limited to the state of Puebla.

The connection to Puebla involves the true meaning of the holiday, which commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces on May 5, 1862.

Heavily indebted to France by the 1860s after gaining its independence from Spain in 1821, Mexico found itself fighting a French army that was intent on empire expansion, using Mexico’s debt to the…