February 27, 2020

Today in History: Cinco de Mayo

Mexico, the 5th of May in the Plaza de Armas

Today in History–May 5–the Library of Congress features Cinco de Mayo. On May 5, 1862, Mexican troops successfully defended the town of Puebla against French forces. In the spring of 1863, the city was recaptured by the French and a European was crowned Emperor of Mexico. Emperor Maximillian remained in power until 1867 when Napoleon III withdrew troops and abandoned Mexico. Today, Cinco de Mayo is a national holiday in Mexico and is marked as a celebration of Mexican culture in the United States. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access resources related to Mexico.

Cinco de May in Colorado from America’s Library

150th Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla (aka Cinco de Mayo!) In Custodia Legis blog May 4, 2012

Cinco de Mayo and the History of Mexican Codification In Custodia Legis blog May 12, 2017

Cinco de Mayo Is Not Mexican Independence Day? In Custodia Legis blog May 5, 2011

Cinco de Mayo U.S. historical newspaper coverage

U.S. legislation related to Cinco de Mayo

1862 U.S. newspaper coverage relating to Puebla, Mexico

U.S. newspaper coverage relating to France and Mexico 1862-1867

Cinco de Mayo image set

World Spotlight: Mexico

PSN primary source collections related to Mexico

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