Battle of Puebla

President Juarez commanded General Ignacio Zaragoza to block the advance of the French Army with 4,500 soldiers at the fortified hills of Loreto and Guadalupe by the city of Puebla. The Mexican militia was poorly armed, and far smaller than the French army.

On May 5, 1862, French soldiers attacked the two forts. By the end of the day one fort was in ruins and more than a thousand French soldiers were dead. The Mexicans had won the battle, but not the war. This was a great victory for the Mexicans. It helped develop a needed sense of national unity for the young country.

The war continues

General Ignacio Zaragoza

Ignacio Zaragoza
Battle of Puebla
Battle of Puebla

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