Political map of North America & the Caribbean on 22 Mar 1863 (American Civil War: French Intervention in Mexico), showing the following events: Emancipation Proclamation; Arizona Territory created; Idaho Territory created; French capture Puebla.

French Intervention in Mexico

American Civil War

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French Intervention in Mexico

American Civil War, French intervention in Mexico, Dominican Restoration War (22 March 1863)

Historical Map of North America & the Caribbean

Bankrupt after its Reform War, Mexico had suspended its debt repayments in 1861, prompting Spain, France and Britain to occupy Veracruz. However when it became apparent that the French Emperor Napoleon III was really using the intervention as an excuse to conquer Mexico, the Spanish and British withdrew, leaving the French to continue the invasion on their own.

Main Events

Emancipation Proclamation

United States President Abraham Lincoln proclaims the freedom of slaves in the ten states of the Confederacy

Arizona Territory created

United States splits Arizona Territory from New Mexico Territory

Idaho Territory created

United States forms Idaho Territory from parts of Washington, Dakota and Nebraska Territories

French capture Puebla

French forces besiege and take Puebla, Mexico

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