The war continues
Unfortunately this victory was short lived for Mexico. Upon hearing the
bad news, Napoleon sent more troops overseas. A year and 30,000 troops
later, Mexico City had been taken by France and Maximilian of Austria had been
named its ruler.
Although Maximilian organized the administration,
liberated the Indians from servitude and developed the natural resources
of the country, he was unable to avoid the opposition of Mexican
The republicans, led by Benito Juarez, went north and
requested assistance from the Californians and other Mexican-American
societies to help them. Finally on May 15, 1867, Maximilian was
overthrown and captured. He was tried by court martial and executed by a
firing squad on June 19.