Today commemorates México’s independence from France in 1862, during the Battle of Puebla, in the midst of the Franco – Mexican War. It’s often confused with México’s independence from Spain, which actually occurred in 1821 and is celebrated on September 16, or Diez y Seis de Septiembre. México has the unique distinction of being the only country in the Western Hemisphere that honors its independence from two European super-powers. But, as with every other nation in this part of the world, México’s history is written in blood. And, just like the Fourth of July here in the U.S., its meaning goes far beyond mounds of food and gallons of alcoholic beverages.
Above image courtesy José Sanchez Martinez.