Viva El Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo graphic art created by Job Moscot of Mala Suerte Compania Art Collective

Viva El Cinco de Mayo

May 5th is the commoration of the Battle of Puebla, a Mexican victory over the invading French army in 1862. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated with enthusiasm in the state of Puebla.

In 1861, the Mexican goverment defaulted on a number of foreign debts that it owed to England, France and Spain. All three countries invaded Mexico, but England and Spain retreated by the next year. France however, stayed in hopes of creating a monarchy in Mexico led by the Archduke of Austria, Maximilian.

When General Charles Latrille de Lorencez�s 6,000 troops of French soliders met General Ignacio Zaragoza�s much smaller and poorly equipped Mexican army of 2,000. Zaragoza�s forces ended up defeating the French army, then considered "the premier army in the world".

Battle de Puebla 1862

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