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Posted on 05-05-2011
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What were French troops doing in Mexico?


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Patrick Osio, Jr.

the Mexican defensive position once and were repelled. A second charge brought the same results. It was then that the Mexican troops attacked, driving the French back in disarray. Hostilities came at the end of the day due to heavy rainfall making any more action impossible.
French commanders were so sure of quick victory that before beginning their march had sent a message to Napoleon III declaring the Emperor owner of Mexico. Instead, it took three months to capture Puebla, and eventually all of Mexico.
Having captured the country, the French were never able to appease the population. Widespread resistance finally led to their defeat and departure from Mexico. The Intervention lasted until 1867.
So as history goes, Cinco de Mayo was one day in which the soldiers of Mexico fought bravely for their country, and bathed themselves in honor.
So on the Fifth of May raise your glass to Mexico setting aside our differences wishing that they may again be victorious in the present "war" they face.
Patrick Osio, Jr. is the Editor of HispanicVista.com and editor of the Osio Report.com.
© 2011 Hispanic Vista

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