Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day (that’s September 16). No, it’s more important. On May, 1862, a small Mexican militia defeated the larger French force at the Battle of Puebla, delaying by a year France’s capture of Mexico City. France at the time had imperial designs in the New World that likely would not have stopped with Mexico if they had been more successful there.
Sidenote: I’m curious to know if the Mexican General, Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin, was related to Col. Juan Seguin the Texas patriot.