Benito Juárez: Champion of Mexican Resilience

Every third Monday in March, Mexico honors the memory of Benito Juárez, a towering figure in Mexican history. Juárez’s legacy as a champion of democracy and equality continues to inspire generations.

Freedom, justice, and equality for all.
Benito Juárez’s life and legacy embody the spirit of resilience, determination, and social justice that continues to inspire Mexicans and people around the world. His unwavering commitment to democracy, equality, and national sovereignty serves as a beacon of hope in challenging times.

Defender of Mexican sovereignty.
During his presidency, Mexico faced threats from European powers, particularly France under Napoleon III. In 1862, French forces invaded Mexico, aiming to establish a puppet regime under Emperor Maximilian I.

The Battle of Puebla and Cinco de Mayo
One of the most celebrated moments of resistance during the French invasion was the Battle of Puebla, which took place on May 5, 1862. A small, ill-equipped Mexican army defeated the much larger and better-equipped French forces, delivering a significant blow to Napoleon III’s ambitions in Mexico. While Cinco de Mayo is often misunderstood as Mexico’s Independence Day, it actually commemorates this historic victory and symbolizes Mexican resilience in the face of adversity.

As we celebrate Benito Juárez Day in Puerto Morelos and throughout Mexico, let us honor his memory by upholding the principles of freedom, justice, and equality for all.