The emperor of France ordered his generals to spend a few months taking over Mexico and then – using Mexico as a “base,” – help the Confederates win their war against the United States!
What if they had succeeded?
The United States would never have become the significant world power it is today. Another country would occupy the territory where the U.S. southern states now stand, and the nation we know as Mexico would probably still be dominated by France.
School children all over the U.S. learn that the Mexicans won a decisive battle over the French on May 5, 1862, but very few know what happened after that. Did the French simply go away? Hardly! It took another five years to get the last French soldier out of the country.
In Cinco De Mayo, learn how the Mexicans not only took their country back but influenced the outcome of the U.S. Civil War.
Cinco de Mayo...
What is everybody celebrating ?