EL Civics for ESL Students

Cinco de Mayo Lesson, Page 2

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Ignacio Zaragoza, Mexican Hero

Who led the Mexican forces to victory over the French during the Battle of Puebla?

  • General Ignacio Zaragoza Segu�n led the Mexican forces.

  • He had fewer soldiers, and they were not as well equipped as the French, but they beat back repeated French assaults.

  • Zaragoza died of typhoid fever a few months after the Battle of Puebla when he was just 33 years old.


Benito Juarez, President of Mexico

Who was the President of Mexico at the time of the French invasion?

  • Benito Pablo Ju�rez Garc�a was president.

  • He is considered Mexico's greatest leader.

  • He served five terms as the President of Mexico, from 1858-1872.


Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico

Who is this man?

  • He is Maximilian I, Emperor of Mexico.

  • Napoleon III of France proclaimed him Emperor of Mexico on April 10, 1864.

  • In 1867, he was executed by Republican forces led by Benito Ju�rez.

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