Today in Latin American History
Emperor Maximilian I Of Mexico Arrived In Mexico For The First Time In 1864
Photo: Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico
Today in Latin American history, Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico arrived in Mexico for the first time in 1864.
Maximilian and Charlotte arrived in May of 1864 and set up their official residence at Chapultepec Castle.
Maximilian inherited a very unstable nation. The conflict between conservatives and liberals which had caused the Reform War still simmered, and Maximilian was unable to unite the two factions.
He had no business being Emperor of Mexico – he apparently didn’t even speak Spanish – but he tried hard anyway, and most modern Mexicans think of him not as a hero or villain so much as a man who tried to unite a country that did not want to be united.
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- Today in LatAm history, general strike in Córdoba, Argentina led to the Cordobazo civil unrest in 1969
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian footballer Caçapa who played on the National team and Olympique Lyonnais was born in 1976
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian model Ana Beatriz Barros who has modeled for Chanel & Guess was born in 1982