Mexican Independence Day?

Mexican Independence Day?  Not exactly.  May 5, or Cinco de Mayo, celebrates the 1862 Battle of Puebla, in which the Mexican Army defeated the French Army.  What were the French doing there?  It’s complicated.  After costly civil wars, Mexican President Benito Juárez issued a moratorium suspending all foreign debt payments for two years.  Their impatient French, British and Spanish creditors were unhappy, and decided to invade.  (Let’s hope that our Chinese creditors and bankers in Beijing do not read this.)  Although heavily outnumbered and out-armed, the determined Mexican troops were victorious. Please continue to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, and also join the Mexicans for their Independence Day Celebration on September 16. Mexican-Americans will love to host you on both occasions.

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