Following the excesses of the Santa Ana dictatorships and the battles of the Reforma War, Mexico was bankrupt with no capacity to pay its debt to other countries.
In 1862 the navies of Spain, England and France landed in Veracruz ready to collect on their debts;after negotiations with the Mexican representative Spain and England withdrew.
Napoleon III, Emperor of the Second French Empire wanted to establish wanted to establish a monarchy favorable to France, and at the same time, wanted to dissolve the Mexican Constitutional Government.
The French forces under the command of General Lorencez, about 7,000 strong advanced toward Mexico City.
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