150th Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla

Photo of Cinco de Mayo display caseCinco de Mayo

May 5th, or Cinco de Mayo, is often mistaken by Americans for Mexican Independence Day; however, this date commemorates the Mexican army’s victory under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin over the French at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). The victory was significant because since this battle, no country in the Americas has been invaded by any other European military force. The first to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the United States were Mexicans and Latinos living in California during the American Civil War. Although it is relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the state of Puebla, the date is always observed and celebrated. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is observed as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. Traditions include parades, mariachi music, baile folklórico, and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States.

2012 marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Puebla; there were large celebrations such as that in Plaza del Pueblo de Los Angeles, near Olvera Street. Come and view our display located next to the Check-Out desk on the first floor of the library.

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