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How To Talk About Cinco De Mayo Without Sounding Like A Gringo

No, it isn't Mexican Independence Day.

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Let’s start from the beginning. You see, back in the 1860s, Mexico was kind of in a tough spot.

José Escudero y Espronceda, Public Domain / Via commons.wikimedia.org

Benito Juarez, the country's first indigenous president, had just managed to suppress a rebellion that tried to usher in a monarchy instead of a republic.

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As if having America as a neighbor wasn't bad enough for Mexico already.

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Unlike America, France didn't think it had God's permission to invade because of manifest destiny. But the French had reason and the Enlightenment, which are just as good. SMH.

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The battle raged for a whole day.

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Here's a scene from a really terrible movie about the battle that came out in 2013, to give you an idea of how horrible it was.

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The hapless fellow only lasted for three years.

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And then Juarez killed him. Lesson learned: Don't mess with a dude called Benito, or you'll end up in a painting by Manet showing your hella close-range execution.