Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Who is this man?

"Mexicans! We have not come here to take part in your disputes; we have come to put an end to them... The French flag has been planted on Mexican soil; this flag will not retreat. Let wise men greet it as a friendly flag. Let madmen fight against it if they dare!"

The man above was France's declared ruler of Mexico for four years. He's originally from Austria and he's Archduke Maximilian, not to be confused with Archduke Ferdinand, the man who was assassinated which started the first World War.

As you can see, today there isn't that much French influence in Mexico. The Mexicans fought against the French flag and like many before and after, they had success. As a celebration of this victory, many Americans choose to eat tacos.

Learn about Cinco de Mayo.
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