Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian
Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian

Ferdinand Maximilian
* 06. Jul 1832, † 19. Jun 1867

Emperor of Mexico

The younger brother of Emperor Franz Joseph, Maximilian was viceroy of the Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia until 1859. He was commander-in-chief of the Imperial Navy and commissioned a number of buildings, most notably the castle at Miramare, which he never saw completed. Made Emperor of Mexico with the support of Napoleon III, he was taken prisoner in Querétaro by Republican forces and shot.

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