Read Related: The Story Behind Cinco de Mayo3. The Battle of Puebla was actually just a small part of the French Invasion. Napoleon III (not Napoleon Bonaparte!) was the emperor of France and was looking for an opportunity to establish a French empire in the Americas. His goal was to capture Mexico City, and take control of the country.
2. The small army in Puebla was under the direction of General Ignacio Zaragoza. He was born in what is now known as Goliad, Texas, but back then was the Mexican village of Bahía del Espíritu Santo. A 3,000-pound bronze statue that stands 10-feet tall of the famous Mexican general is located near the reconstructed home where he was born in 1829. The statue was commissioned by Alfredo Toxqui Fernandez de Lara, governor of the State of Puebla as a gift to the people of Goliad and the State of Texas; it dedicated in 1980.