Maximilian I

Emperor of Mexico Maximilian I Full Name: Maximilian I
Nationality: Austrian

Profession: Emperor of Mexico
Why Famous: After a distinguished career in the Austrian Navy, Archduke Maximilian entered into a scheme with Napoleon III of France to rule Mexico.

France had invaded Mexico in 1861 as part of the War of the French Intervention. Seeking to legitimize French rule, Napoleon III invited Maximilian to establish a new Mexican monarchy.

With the support of the French army and a group of conservative Mexican nobels, Maximilian declared himself Maximilian I, Emperor of Mexico in 1864.

His regime did not last long though, collapsing in 1867.

Born: July 6, 1832
Star Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

Died: June 19, 1867 (aged 34)
Cause of Death: Executed by firing squad

Married Life

  • 1857-07-27 Emperor of Mexico Maximilian I (25) weds princess Charlotte of Belgium (17) in Brussels

Historical Events in the Life of Maximilian I

  • 1864-04-10 Austrian Archduke Maximilian becomes Maximilian I, Emperor of Mexico

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