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Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that is celebrated in many parts of the United States and Mexico. While it is often associated with Mexican independence, it actually commemorates a significant military victory that occurred on May 5, 1862, during the Franco-Mexican War.

The Franco-Mexican War was a conflict between the Second French Empire and Mexico, which had declared bankruptcy and was unable to repay its foreign debts. France, Britain, and Spain sent a joint expeditionary force to demand payment, but the British and Spanish withdrew when they reached an agreement with the Mexican government. The French, however, had different intentions, and Emperor Napoleon III hoped to establish a French-dominated empire in Mexico.

On May 5, 1862, a small Mexican army led by General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín defeated a much larger and better-equipped French army at the Battle of Puebla. While the victory was a strategic setback for the French, it did not end the war, and France ultimately succeeded in establishing a puppet government in Mexico.

Despite its limited military significance, the Battle of Puebla became a symbol of Mexican resistance to foreign domination and a source of national pride. In the years following the battle, May 5th became known as Cinco de Mayo and was celebrated as a holiday in Mexico and in Mexican-American communities in the United States.

Today, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated with parades, festivals, and traditional Mexican food and drink. While it is not a national holiday in Mexico, it remains an important cultural event that honors Mexican heritage and celebrates the country’s history of resilience and courage in the face of adversity.

What could be the best Mexican cigars to celebrate this Cinco De Mayo?

While most cigars are known to be made in other countries, listed below is a cigar brand from Mexico, near the Gulf of Mexico.

Te-Amo began as Tabacalera Alberto Turrent in XIX century, Veracruz, Mexico. Founder Alberto Turrent arrived from Spain and recognized the fertile land’s potential for tobacco. Today, five generations later, they continue the artisanal tradition. Te-Amo emerged in 1963 and is now a top-selling Mexican cigar brand worldwide. Te-amo cigars emerged in 1963 to become one of the highest selling Mexican cigar brands in Mexico and worldwide. To learn more about this rich history, click here.