Thursday, May 15, 2008

Sweet Surrender

Another day, another holiday. This one doesn't really have a name that we're aware of, but you could call it Maximilian Surrenders Day. On May 15, 1867, Max the Hapless Hapsburg threw in the towel right here in Querétaro, ending the civil war that had been fought off and on for five years. The exact spot of the surrender is marked by a very ugly obelisk sitting in the middle of a dusty public health clinic parking area. Behold, Mexico's equivalent of the Appomattox Courthouse.

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