Salsa and sales for Cinco de Mayo

Mindy Hill tried her hand at breaking the piñata while celebrating Cinco de Mayo at Juniper’s on Franklin Avenue on Friday, May 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. Photo by Judith O’Hara Balfe

MILLBROOK — When the French landed on Veracruz in 1861, they landed a large force of men, driving the president and his government into exile. The French continued on toward Mexico City, but to their surprise, a large force of Mexicans fought them near Puebla; 8,000 French troops battled 4,000 Mexican troops, who were poorly armed. The rag-tag army, with great bravery and resolve, fought off the 8,000 Frenchmen and reigned victorious on May 5, 1862. 

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