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Photograph of Claudia Sheinbaum as the first woman president of Mexico

The people of Mexico made history today, ushering in a new era of leadership led by Claudia Sheinbaum, who just became the first woman president in the country’s 200-year history after a successful campaign.

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Painting of the historic Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, depicting the bravery of the Mexican forces against French troops

Contrary to what many Americans believe, Cinco de Mayo isn’t Mexico’s Independence Day. May 5 is a date that commemorates the military victory of the Battle of Puebla, where Mexican troops held off invading French forces in 1862. It was a surprising victory because the French were one of the most powerful armies in the world, so their forces were much more formidable. That’s why the Battle of Puebla has become a powerful underdog story of triumph over adversity and it made a big difference, especially for Mexicans living in California.

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An American tourist yells at a young Mexican girl in Durango, Mexico, as they anticipate witnessing the solar eclipse.

On April 8, many in parts of the United States and Mexico were gearing up to watch the total solar eclipse. In the city of Durango, Mexico, residents were particularly excited because they would enjoy the most visibility of this rare phenomenon. People gathered in public spaces, including one of the most popular spots, the lookout of “El Cerro de los Remedios,” which offers panoramic views of the city. However, residents’ excitement turned sour when a group of U.S. tourists claimed to have rented the entire front area of the public space, keeping everyone else from accessing prime area with the best vantage point.

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