Exploring History
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Exploring History

Europe’s Failed Attempt To Recolonize Mexico in 1863

The Second Mexican Empire was a disaster and led to the death of a powerful Austrian monarch

On June 19th, 1867, Emperor Maximilian I was stood in front of a Mexican firing squad. Staring down the barrel of fifteen rifles, Maximilian gave each member of the firing squad a gold coin — an old European tradition —…

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