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Though many believe that Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day, Mexico’s national independence day is actually celebrated on September 16th (celebrations begin the night of the 15th). Cinco de Mayo, also known as the Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over Napoleon III’s French soldiers on May 5, 1862. In 1861, French, Spanish and English troops invaded Mexico after they declared a moratorium on repayment of foreign debts. Eventually the Spanish and English troops withdrew. The French, with support from wealthy landowners, stayed in hopes of establishing a monarchy under Ferdinand Maximilian Joseph of Austria; they also hoped to limit U.S. power in North America.