The younger brother of Emperor Francis Joseph , he served as a rear admiral in the Austrian navy and as governor-general of the Lombardo-Venetian kingdom. Backed by a pledge of support from the French army, Maximilian sailed for Mexico with his wife Carlota , daughter of Leopold I , king of the Belgians. Crowned emperor on June 10, , Maximilian intended to rule with paternal benevolence , viewing himself as the protector of the Indian peasants. The treasury was so bare, however, that he had to use his own inherited income for daily expenses.
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First elected president of the Second French Republic in , he seized power by force in , when he could not constitutionally be re-elected, and became the Emperor of the French. He founded the Second French Empire and was its only emperor, reigning until the defeat of the French Army and his capture by Prussia and its allies in the Franco-Prussian War in He worked to modernize the French economy, rebuilt the center of Paris, expanded the French overseas empire , and engaged in the Crimean War , the Second Italian War of Independence , and the ultimately disastrous war of , in which he served alongside his soldiers during the fight, an uncommon action for a head of state to perform in the modern era.
When in Mexico declared a temporary moratorium on the repayment of foreign debts, English, Spanish, and French troops invaded the country. By April the English and Spanish had withdrawn, but the French, with the support of wealthy landowners, remained in an attempt to establish a monarchy under Maximilian of Austria and to curb U. On May 5, , a poorly equipped mestizo and Zapotec force under the command of General Ignacio Zaragoza defeated French troops at the Battle of Puebla , southeast of Mexico City ; about 1, French troops were killed. Although the fighting continued and the French were not driven out for another five years, the victory at Puebla became a symbol of Mexican resistance to foreign domination.