Mexican conservatives ask Austrian prince Maximilian to become Emperor of Mexico
Mexican conservatives, hoping to please France and return their country to monarchical rule, offered the Mexican throne to Maximilian, a minor Austrian prince. Maximilian eventually accepted and became the Emperor of Mexico. (By Brian Bockelman)
David F. Marley, Wars of the Americas: A Chronology of Armed Conflict in the New World, 1492 to the Present (Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, 1998), 557.