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5 May 2021
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Cinco De Mayo History of Cinco de Mayo in the U.S. In 1862, during the time of the Battle of Puebla in Mexico, the United States was engaged in its own Civil War. The French presence in Mexico was a strategic move. By gaining a toehold in Mexico, the French could then support the Confederate Army. The defeat of the French during the Battle of Puebla was not definitive, but it helped stave them off so that U.S. Union forces could advance. Thus, Cinco de Mayo can be seen as a turning point in the U.S. Civil War. Cinco de Mayo was first celebrated in the United States in Southern California in 1863 as a show of solidarity with Mexico against French rule. Celebrations continued on a yearly basis, and by the 1930s, the holiday was seen as an opportunity to celebrate Mexican identity, promote ethnic consciousness, and build community union. In the 1950s and 60s, the Mexican-American youth appropriated the holiday and it gained a bi-national flavor as a way to build Mexican-American pride. Source:
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