C I N C O D E M A Y O. ¡Viva México! ¡Viva Juárez!. W H Y ?. In 1861, the Mexican Congress suspended repayment of foreign debts for 2 years, due to financial instability. Creditors in England, Spain and France decided intervention was needed.
More than 1,000 French died at the two forts where the Mexicans awaited.
General Zaragoza and 2,000 soldiers met the French at the forts of Loreto and Guadalupe, near Puebla.
On May 5th, the small Mexican army won the battle, but not the war.THEBATTLE