It was on this day in 1863 that the Superior Junta, assembled by General Forey of the French Imperial Army, appointed the noted conservative and Catholic traditionalist General Juan Almonte provisional President of Mexico. Almonte's government is most known for its restoration of the place of prominence of the Catholic Church in Mexico and, of course, its formal invitation for the Archduke Maximilian of Austria-Hungary to become the Emperor of Mexico. Viva el Gran Emperador! Viva el Imperio Mexico!
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