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How much do you know about Mexico? Take our quiz.

A couple fly a kite in the Zocalo plaza in Mexico City. (Esteban Felix/AP)

From Pre-Columbian civilization to the drug trafficking organizations of today, how much do you know about the United States' neighbor to the south?

- Staff writer

1. What does the 5th of May commemorate in Mexico?

Cinco de Mayo celebrations commemorate the May 5, 1862 Mexican victory over the French in the battle of Puebla. Mexico stopped paying its debt to France, and Napoleon III sent the troops to take over Mexico and force payment. The defeat was devastating for the French, but Mexico’s victory had repercussions in the US as well: France’s defeat kept Napoleon III from further supplying confederate troops and prolonging the US Civil War.

Cinco de Mayo celebrations commemorate the May 5, 1862 Mexican victory over the French in the battle of Puebla. Mexico stopped paying its debt to France, and Napoleon III sent the troops to take over Mexico and force payment. The defeat was devastating for the French, but Mexico’s victory had repercussions in the US as well: France’s defeat kept Napoleon III from further supplying confederate troops and prolonging the US Civil War.

Cinco de Mayo celebrations commemorate the May 5, 1862 Mexican victory over the French in the battle of Puebla. Mexico stopped paying its debt to France, and Napoleon III sent the troops to take over Mexico and force payment. The defeat was devastating for the French, but Mexico’s victory had repercussions in the US as well: France’s defeat kept Napoleon III from further supplying confederate troops and prolonging the US Civil War.

Independence from Spain

 

Mexican victory over the French at the battle of Puebla

 

Independence from the United States at the battle of Puebla

 
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