Friday, April 4, 2014

April 4, 1864 – Congress Says “No” to Rebel-Friendly Maximilian

This day 150 years ago in Rebel Raiders’ History

-Dedicated to Civil War episodes, battles, people and ships that also appear in my game, GMT’s Rebel Raiders on the High Seas.

April 4, 1864 – Congress Says “No” to Rebel-Friendly Maximilian

Historical Event:  Alarmed by Napoleon III’s declared intent to crown Maximilian as Emperor of Mexico, on April 4, 1864 Congress passed a joint resolution deploring the French intervention in that country and added that the United States would not “acknowledge any monarchical government” which would be installed “under the auspices of any European power.”   The French and notably Maximilian himself were sympathetic to the Confederacy, and French ports in Europe, her colonies and Mexico were havens for Rebel blockade runners.   Mexican President Benito Juarez, who led the fight against the French interventionist forces, was an admirer and ally of President Lincoln.  Both men believed France harbored imperial ambitions that would extend beyond Mexico, and that Napoleon III and Maximilian might ally with the Confederacy.

Game Connection:   France and Maximilian are both represented in Rebel Raiders on the High Seas.  Confederate Blockade Runners may be built in and load cargo in France and Mexico, and while in play the Maximilian Card (CSN Card 61) provides additional benefits including a modifier to the Confederate Supply attrition die roll and a free Blockade Runner every turn.

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