Cinco De Mayo marks the anniversary of the 1862 Battle of Pueblo in which heavily outnumbered Mexican forces beat French troops. The Battle of Pueblo was the first time that the French army had lost a confrontation in nearly half a century.
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The holiday of Cinco De Mayo, The 5th Of May, commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. It is primarily a regional holiday celebrated in the Mexican state capital city of Puebla and throughout the state of Puebla, with some limited recognition in other parts of Mexico, and especially in U.S. cities with a significant Mexican population. It is not, as many people think, Mexico’s Independence Day, which is actually September 16. [http://www.flickr.com/photos/marinacastillo/]