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Cerro de las Campanas, Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico

Emperor Maximillian and his generals faced a firing squad here giving this area great historical importance. Liberal Republicans defeated the Imperial forces in a battle on the hill. Now a large statue of Benito Juarez overlooks the trees, nesting grounds for Scarlet Tanagers, gardens and a playground family park which borders the extensive campus of the University .

 

Maximilian I of Mexico (6 July 1832 – 19 June 1867; born Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian Joseph of Austria) was a member of the Imperial House of Habsburg-Lorraine. After a distinguished career in the Austrian Navy, he was proclaimed Emperor of Mexico on 10 April 1864 during the Second Mexican Empire with the backing of Napoleon III of France and a group of Mexican monarchists who sought to revive the Mexican monarchy. Many foreign governments, including that of the United States, refused to recognize his government. This helped to ensure the success of Liberal forces led by Benito Juárez, and Maximilian was executed, after capture by the Liberals, in 1867. (Wikipedia)

 

Santiago de Querétaro is the capital city of the Mexican state of Querétaro. It was founded in 1531. Its historic centre is a World Heritage Site. (Wikipedia)

 

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Taken on April 13, 2011