Mexican cadets in Puebla reenact the 1862 battle of Puebla in this May 1998 file photo. (Reuters)
Cinco de Mayo History: An American Celebration of the Battle of Puebla
Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of the 1862 Mexican victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla. For most Americans, it is an excuse to drink Margaritas.
What is Cinco de Mayo anyway? Contrary to popular belief, it's not Mexican Independence Day, which is commemorated Sept. 16.
It actually celebrates the 1862 Mexican victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla...
For the average Mexican, today is just another Wednesday, wrote Oscar Casares, a professor at the University of Texas-Austin.
"The holiday, which has never really been much of one in Mexico....