Cinco de Mayo is about more than a battle!
Have you heard how this Mexican holiday is celebrated more widely in America than in Mexico? Apparently, celebrations are pretty much local to the Mexican state of Puebla than the rest of Mexico.
Have you ever wondered, “why?” Well, I may not completely be clear on that answer, but I bet it begins with the following:
There are key facts to the story that are often ignored and due to lack of popular discussion and analysis most people are left with a sense of ambiguity or confusion about the whole holiday.
The day is really one in the midst of a long stretch of international proxy agents and wars, with faulty intelligence acquired by the imperial forces, and continuous international conquest by white European royal families, along with, how influential the Catholic Church was or was not going to be in the Mexican government and culture as played out in the War of Reform (which contributed significantly to the debt Mexico had to pay).
The day is celebrated because there was a suprising Mexican victory over the French imperialist forces of Napoleon III, while he attempted to impose his version of austerity upon Mexico which, Benito Juárez, the recently installed liberal, secular leaning leader of Mexico decided that the debts to be paid to the white European empires of England, Spain and France could not be paid for at least 2 years.
Juárez announced debt payments would be delayed. So, while England and Spain did not overtly support a war with Mexico (even though they did mobilize their troops and occupy for a while) to collect money, Napoleon sent his army over to conquer and then install a puppet regime.
On May 05, 1862, the French army of 6,000 or so troops met their match against a smaller force of about 4,000 (sources vary on numbers) Mexicans in the state of Puebla. As a result, the French had to quickly retreat from the battle.
The French General, Charles de Lorencez, received some bad intelligence that the local people of Puebla were friendly to the French and, therefore, he concluded, it was a good place to advance upon and attack Ignacio Zaragoza and his troops who were all dug in, fortified and recovering from wounds inflicted from a battle just a few days prior.
Ultimately, the French defeat that day only delayed its eventual victory. A little more than a year later, on May 17, 1963, the French would win a second battle of Puebla and continue to advance towards Mexico City. Napoleon went on to install a puppet ruler, the “Emporer of Mexico,” led by the Austrian, the Habsburg Archduke Maximilian.
This Second Mexican Empire did not last long, however. The first Mexican Empire was Spanish which was heavily influenced by the Catholic Church at the time.
It is very strange that the world still faces the wrath of international proxy wars unleashed by white Western European powers.
All of these European powers are all still interconnected: NATO, US, the Catholic Church, IMF, The Federal Reserve, The World Bank.
Cinco de Mayo, like the Margarita, is bitter sweet.