EL Civics for ESL Students

Cinco de Mayo Lesson, Page 3

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Napoleon the Third of France

Who asked Maximilian to be Emperor of Mexico?

  • Napoleon III and a group of Mexican monarchists asked Maximilian to be Emperor of Mexico.

  • A monarchist is a person who believes in a system of government with a single person as the head of state.


Execution of Maximilian

What happened to Maximilian?

  • He was executed at Queretaro, Mexico, on June 19, 1867, when the French were defeated and expelled from Mexico.


Flag of Mexico on Map

Is Cinco de Mayo Mexican Independence Day?

  • No, but it is a day to celebrate Mexican pride and culture.

  • Mexican Independence Day is September 16.

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