On this date in 1862, the Nationalists lead by President Bentio Juarez defeated Imperialist supporters of the Archduke Maximillian at the Battle of Puebla. While this battle did not end the French attempt to install a monarchy in Mexico, it was the their Battle of Saratoga, the beginning of the end. As far as I am concerned this is a date that should be celebrated both sides of the Rio Grande/Bravo. If the Imperialistas had won, it would have broken back of the Nationalist resistence. From my observation of history, this Imperialist victory would have allowed Maximilian to consolidate his control of Mexico. Remember, this is 1862. The War north of the Rio Bravo is just over a year old with its outcome still up in the air. It is not unreasonable to assume Maximilian would have said to his new subjects: I am now standing by for Dr. Bob's corrections.