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Today in Latin American History

Emperor Maximilian I Of Mexico Arrived In Mexico For The First Time In 1864

Emperor Maximilian I Of Mexico Arrived In Mexico For The First Time In 1864

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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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