Good Question: What Happened In The Battle That Commemorates Cinco De Mayo?

(CBS 5) – In the U.S., the observance of Cinco de Mayo has become commercial. But in this Good Question: How important was the battle that commemorates Cinco de Mayo to the Mexican people?

ANSWER: According to Theresa Carillo, Chair of Raza Studies at San Francisco State University, the battle of Puebla was a turning point in Mexican history. In 1862, the Mexican militia was greatly outnumbered but managed to defeat a better equipped and trained French Army which bolstered national pride.

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