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    Benito Juarez Military Appointment Signed "Benito Juarez" as Constitutional President of the United Mexican States. Two pages, 10.25" x 16.5", partially printed on blue paper, in Spanish, Mexico City, July 3, 1862, conferring the rank of Colonel of Cavalry on Mariano Escobedo. Two months before his appointment, on May 5, Escobedo had taken part in the Battle of Puebla where invading French forces, sent by Napoleon III and under the command of Charles de Lorencez, were repelled by a smaller force of Mexicans commanded by Ignacio Zaragoza near the town of Puebla, Mexico. The French returned the next year and eventually captured the town (Second Battle of Puebla) before heading to, and subsequently capturing, Mexico City. President Benito Juarez and his administration fled the city and the Austrian Archduke Maximilian was installed as Emperor of Mexico. The first battle of Puebla, however, had been an inspiration to the Mexican people and on the 16 of September, 1862, President Juarez made the observance of the anniversary of the battle a national holiday. Cinco de Mayo is still celebrated today. Mariano Escobedo would later be promoted to general and go on to hold the position of commander-in-chief of the northern zone and, later, governor of Nuevo Leon. Folds and light toning. Else fine.

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