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1864: Jose Maria Chavez Alonso, governor of Aguascalientes

April 5th, 2017 Headsman

On this date in 1864, the French executed the governor of Aguascalientes.

Elected to the post during early months of the unfolding French intervention in Mexico, Jose Maria Chavez Alonso (English Wikipedia entry | Spanish) was deposed by the invaders in December 1863 — to be succeeded by a different Chavez who met an equally violent fate.

Alonso formed a popular militia and continued a short-lived resistance against the French but was captured early in 1864, and although this was still some months before the dirty war’s notorious “Black Decree” the French determined to make an example of him.

Alonso aside, the Mexican adventure proved a right catastrophe for France and its adherents.

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One thought on “1864: Jose Maria Chavez Alonso, governor of Aguascalientes”

  1. chris y says:

    Chavez, or Chavez Alonso. Where a Spanish speaker has more than one surname, the first is the one used by default. Exceptions, such as Pablo Ruiz Picasso, are by personal choice. The opposite applies with Portuguese speakers.

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