In Mexico, each day of May marks the day of the Battle of Puebla, which took place in 1862, in the current city of Puebla de Zaragoza, between the armies of Mexico and France.
In this battle for the first time the Mexican army defeated a foreign army, in this case the French army, which had more soldiers, better training and resources.
Battle of Puebla
In 1862 Mexico was going through a serious economic situation whereby, the president of that time, Benito Juárez, made the decision to suspend payments of the external debt to European countries for a period of two years.
However, representatives of the governments of Spain, France and England pledged and sent troops to Mexico in order to demand payment of the debt, which they did not achieve.
Consequently, Spanish and English troops returned to their countries. However, the French troops remained in the Mexican territory following the directives ordered by Napoleon III, ruler of France, who planned to replace the Mexican government, establish a monarchy and then extend his power to the United States.
Given the difficult situation and lack of resources, compared to the French troops that had a large number of soldiers and equipment, Benito Juarez made a call to all the Mexican people to go out to fight in battle and defend their territory, forming a army of 4800 men, approximately.
On May 5, 1862, General Laurencez, who led the French troops, ordered the assault on Cerro Loreto, a key point where the city of Puebla was defended under General Ignacio Zaragoza.
Although the Mexican troops fought at a disadvantage in terms of armament and number of men against the French troops, they resisted the complaint and won the victory.
The triumph of the Battle of Puebla symbolizes the pride and spirit of struggle and independence of the Mexican people, so much so that even in New York City, in the United States, Mexican immigrants hold a festival to commemorate that date.
Cinco de Mayo: The Battle (the movie)
In 2013, the movie The Battle , written and directed by Rafa Lara , premiered in Mexico and the United States on May 3 .
The plot of the film is based on the events that occurred around and during the Battle of Puebla, Mexico, on May 5, 1862, highlighting the protagonists of the story such as Benito Juárez, Napoleón III, Ignacio Zaragoza, among others.
May 5, zodiac sign
People born on May 5, according to the zodiac signs, are governed by the sign of Taurus . The characteristics that identify, in broad strokes, these people are humility, their intellect, their vocation to educate others and the difficulty to admit their mistakes and start a project from scratch.