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The famous Cinco de Mayo forts of Puebla

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Many people know of Cinco de Mayo, but most don't know why they are celebrating other than having a margarita or tequila shot. In fact, most people outside of Mexico think Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day, it's not.



Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of the Mexican forces in the Battle of Puebla over the battle-tested and twice as large army from France in 1862. Some say the key to General Ignacio Zaragoza's victory were the defense of the twin forts; Guadalupe and Loreto in the hills above Puebla.




Today, the Mexican and Puebla governments have restored these forts and made the surrounding area a large park called  Centro Civico 5 de Mayo. The complex also includes a planetarium, an archaeological museum, a Olympic soccer stadium and green areas. it has become an area for families and visitors to learn about history and relax on a day off.

The Forts (Fuertes de Loreto y Guadalupe) have an interactive museum called Museo Regional INAH at The Forts. This muse…