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    [Maximilian Affair]. Autograph Letter Signed with illegible signature. Two pages, 10" x 8", Washington, September 9, 1865. It reads in full: "My dear Madam, I am very glad to hear from you and that you are well during this very hot weather. My wife is at [illegible] and the last thing she said was not to forget to get your card de visite. Captain Strong has just gone to the New York Yard and will not probably be rewarded by promotion. The rule the secy has adopted is to give the shore duty to those who have been most constantly absent from home during the present rebellion. Your friends record is being examined to day before the secy. I regret to inform you that [Benito] Juarez and his cabinet have arrived at El Paso and that the Republic of Mexico for the time being has ceased to exist."

    In 1861, Mexican President Benito Juárez declared a cease to all interest payments made on European debts owed by Mexico; angering Great Britain, Spain and France. The United States was in the midst of the Civil War, leaving the path clear for France, under the rule of Napoleon III, to intervene and set up the puppet monarchy of Emperor Maximilian in 1864. Despite the common goal of wanting to rid themselves of foreign rule, the Mexican forces could not organize and ally themselves sufficiently to accomplish the task. The Second Mexican Empire lasted until 1867, when the emperor was executed and Benito Juárez was restored to the presidency.


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    In 1861, Mexican President Benito Juárez declared a cease to all interest payments made on European debts owed by Mexico; angering Great Britain, Spain and France. The United States was in the midst of the Civil War, leaving the path clear for France, under the rule of Napoleon III, to intervene and set up the puppet monarchy of Emperor Maximilian in 1864. Despite the common goal of wanting to rid themselves of foreign rule, the Mexican forces could not organize and ally themselves sufficiently to accomplish the task. The Second Mexican Empire lasted until 1867, when the emperor was executed and Benito Juárez was restored to the presidency.



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