French forces march on capital but suffer defeat at Puebla.
1862 · The Battle of Puebla
During the Second French intervention in Mexico, French soldiers entered the city of Puebla to conquer it for France. They were met by the Mexican Army and a battle ensued. Even though the French forces were better equipped and larger, the Mexican Army beat them and gained a boost in their morale to continue fighting. To remember this victory, the Mexican people celebrate Cinco de Mayo (May 5) every year.
French enter Puebla, then Mexico City. Juárez forced to abandon the city.
1 Spanish: habitational name from a place Cádiz named Trejo.2 Asturian-Leonese: Castilianized form of Asturian-Leonese Trexo, a habitational name from a place in Asturies.