So Cinco de Mayo is the day Mexico defeated France in Puebla. It was an amazing defeat because the French greatly outnumbered them and was a much better equipped army. Mexico won the battle but not the war. I'll get back to that.
If Mexico had lost the battle of Puebla the French would have helped the South in the US Civil War and historians speculate that that could have tipped the war in the South's favor completely changing US history so whoop it up US... you might not understand why your really celebrating in the name of Mexico but by all means they deserve some recognition if you are glad the North won the war.
So France and Mexico went on to battle another day... and another... and another... and Mexico did lose for awhile and France established a short lived 3 year empire. Once the US Civil war was over the US started sending military help to Mexico to defeat France and restore Benito Juarez to power. Not that either of us were being good neighbors. Mexico wasn't concerned about defeating France to keep them out of the US of course. They had the more immediate threat to their own country to deal with. Although France remained too distracted with Mexico to do anything in the Civil War. When the Civil War was over France now having a dominate hold in Mexico was still a threat to the US but the moral of the story is by being self centered war mongering people that stayed focused on our own interests Mexico helped the US by defending themselves and and the US acted in it's own interests as well.
We'd also had fought Mexico and taken a bunch of their land just a few decades earlier so it almost reads like, "Hey, France! We can pick on Mexico! You can't! You take your stinky cheese eating, no bathing broads outta there and let the nice French door you installed hit you on the ass on your way out! Leave the door... take the stink cheese."
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