Although we celebrate it like we do America’s Independence Day, July 4, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day. It’s historical day is of pride and joy for the people of Mexico and our celebration here in the United States should take pause to understand and appreciate it’s significance. The brave citizens of the small town Puebla, Mexico fought and were victorious over French forces who had invaded the war plagued nation. On the heels of the Mexican-American war, and reform wars, Mexico could not repay it’s debt, and the French sought to take advantage and saw a chance to have a French empire in Mexico. On May 5, 1862, the people of fought back and France retreated.