May fifth (cinco de mayo) is a national holiday in Mexico. Do you know why? Back in the year 1862, a French army of 6,000 well-armed men invaded Mexico, led by General Laurencez. The excuse was that Mexico owed money to their country and could not pay it right then. But they were also allied with the Mexican conservatives to overthrow the liberal government of President Juárez and found an empire. General Ignacio Zaragoza faced these forces in the city of Puebla with only 4,000 poorly-equipped men with little training. Laurencez was so sure of his superiority that he attacked the Mexican army head on as a sign of his contempt. This mistake cost the lives of one thousand Frenchmen on that battlefield. Zaragoza defeated them and make them retreat. Although this did not stop them, and the Empire of Maximilian was founded in our country, the event had great impact.
El 5 de Mayo, es un dia festivo en Mexico. En el año 1862 un ejercito frances con 6,000 soldados bien armados invadio Mexico, lidereados por el General Laurencez. La excusa fue que mexico le debia dinero al pueblo Frances y no podia pagarlo. Pero los franceses estaban aliados con algunos conservadores mexicanos, quienes querian derrocar el gobierno liberal del presidente Benito Juarez, y asi fundar un imperio. El general Ignacio Zaragoza enfrento estas fuerzas en la ciudad de Puebla con solo 4,000 soldados medio armados y medio entrenados. El
Each year, we commemorate that battle on the fifth of May. This was the last time that an army from another continent invaded the Americas. It has become a symbol of what a people can do when defending their culture and their land. Perhaps this is one of the reasons it has become a symbol of self-determination of peoples and respect for their cultures. In the United States of America, the country that is our neighbor to the north, they also celebrate cinco de mayo in a very important way. Latinos, Chicanos and various communities of Mexican origin have adopted this national holiday as an opportunity for celebrating their roots, defending their customs and the richness of their culture.
Cada año conmemoramos la batalla del 5 de mayo, esta fue la ultima vez que un ejercito de otro pais invadio America. Se ha convertio en un simbolo de lo que la gente puede hacer para defender su cultura y su tierra.