Independence Day Vs Cinco De Mayo

Yesica Venegas, Staff Writer

     Cinco De Mayo is known as the 5th of May. We all love the food, decoration and the celebration that the United States does and how they think it’s Mexico Independence which is not. Cinco De Mayo is a celebration of the Battle of Puebla where on May 5th, 1862 is where the Mexicans defeated the French in the Battle of Puebla. The American civil war was raging and was hurting the French economy because the North was blocking the south from selling its cotton to other countries like France. The emperor of the French was Napoleon the third he sent his troops to Mexico. The main reason he did it was to collect the debt from the Mexican government but, historians say he also wanted to set up a base to support the south so they can end the civil war and get the cotton flowing again but those plans were ruined when they were outnumbered by a group of Mexicans who rose up and defeated the French invaders who were occupying the small town of Puebla. Puebla might be the only place that celebrates Cinco de Mayo because we help defend their town. Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexicans doing their part to make sure the good guys won the civil war and should also recognize that Cinco de mayo made a major contribution to the U.S history. 

Therefore comes Mexico’s Independence which is on September 16, that’s when Mexican celebrate the celebration when Mexico got its Independence. On September 16, 1810, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a catholic priest, launched the Mexican War of Independence with the issuing of his Gritos de Dolores known as “The Cry of Delores. The revolutionary tract called for the end of Spanish rule in Mexico racial equality, and redistribution of land.