Benito Pablo Juarez Garcia

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Benito Pablo Juarez Garcia was born in San Pablo Guelatao, Oaxaca, Mexico on March 21, 1806. Juarez was the president of Mexico and a national hero who served from 1861 to 1872. He was the first Native Mexican president in history, originating from the Zapotec people. Juarez’s parents past away when he was only three years of age, leaving him to fend for himself. He began working as a shepherd and in the corn fields until he was 12 years old. In December of 1818, Juarez traveled to the city of Oaxaca in search of a better life and education. In the city of Oaxaca, he had a sister whom he took a job with as a domestic servant. He was quickly noticed as eager to learn and was placed in the city’s seminary by Antonio Salanueva. After graduating …show more content…
Juarez successfully held off the French Emperor, Napoleon III, during the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Many people recognize this symbolic day as Cinco De Mayo, which has nothing to do with alcohol. The French returned with a vengeance and forced Juarez and his government into the city of Chihuahua to the North. During this time, Maximillian sent a letter requesting a meeting with Juarez in which he replied, “You assure me that you have no doubt that if I accept this meeting, the peace and happiness of the Mexican nation will result from it, and that the Empire will reserve for me a distinguished position, seeking the help of my talents and patriotism. Certainly, sir, the history of our times registers the name of great traitors who have violated their oaths, their word and their promises; they have betrayed their own party, their principles, their ancestors and everything an honorable man holds sacred.” (Juarez, n.d.). Maximillian Von Hapsburg was proclaimed Maximillian I of Mexico in April of 1864. Juarez was granted an emergency extension of his term as president until 1867, when the remaining French occupiers were defeated. Maximillian was sentenced to death by firing squad on June 19, 1871, marking the end of the French Intervention. Juarez was re-elected president in 1871 but passed away from a heart attack in 1872 while working at the capitol of Mexico …show more content…
Cinco de Mayo is celebrated Internationally, yet, most don’t know the meaning behind the date. His birthday, March 21st, is a nationally recognized holiday in Mexico, known as Fiestas

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