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Benito Juarez

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By:  Kelsey Rector 


Week 25: Latin American Consolidation IDs


Benito Juarez--a man in love with his country

  • He was a Zapotec Amerindian who served five terms as President of Mexico. For resisting the French occupation, overthrowing the Empire, and restoring the Republic, as well as his efforts to modernize the country, Juárez is often regarded as Mexico's greatest and most beloved leader. He is the only full-blooded indigenous national to serve as President of Mexico. 


  • Juárez led the Mexican opposition to the French intervention and the elevation of Maximilian of Habsburg as Emperor of Mexico in 1864 including sending General Placido Vega y Daza to California to gather Mexican American sympathy for Mexico's plight.


  • Benito Juárez is remembered as being a progressive reformer dedicated to democracy, equal rights for the nation's indigenous Indian population, lessening the great power that the Roman Catholic Church then held over Mexican politics, and defense of national sovereignty. 


  • Famous quote:  "Entre los individuos, como entre las naciones, el respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz", meaning "Among individuals, as among nations, respect for the rights of others is peace." It is inscribed on the coat of arms of Oaxaca. 








Monument for him in Mexico City, Mexico!!



Sources:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benito_Juarez    



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