In 1861, Mexico refused to pay back the sizable debt it owed to countries like France. It was a decision that would prompt France, under Napoleon III, to launch a full-scale invasion.
Austrian Archduke Maximilian spent his life yearning for the crown his older brother Franz was destined to wear. When the opportunity arose to cross the Atlantic and become the Emperor of Mexico, his dreams of becoming a ruler would finally come true. But a series of poor choices, wrong alliances, and ill-timed events turned his dream into a nightmare. Witness the tragic story of this complex and conflicted member of the powerful Habsburg family as we relive the circumstances behind this seminal moment in Mexican and Austrian history.
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