Category: emperor maximilian

Emperor Maximilian of Mexico , circa 1864

via reddit Maximilian was Austrian Archduke and younger brother of Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph, he was offered Mexican crown by French Emperor Napoleon III whose army had invaded Mexico. 1866 after end of US civil war and worried by rise of Prussia in Europe Napoleon III pulled French troops back to Europe, Maximilian refused to follow and year later he was besieged, caught and executed by forces loyal to President Benito Juarez. He is buried in Habsburg dynasty imperial crypt in Vienna