Cinco de Mayo, Slavery and Mexico's Influence in America

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Origins

A look at Cinco de Mayo's link to the fight against slavery in the U.S. as well as a snapshot of how Mexico influences our nation today.Britt Middleton

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the legendary Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, where a Mexican militia of 4,500 men faced 6,000 well-trained French soldiers. After four hours of bloodshed, the Mexican army, led by Gen. Ignacio Zaragoza, claimed victory. (Photo: Susana Gonzalez/Newsmakers)