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