Back then, Mexico wasn't exactly the nice and quiet place. Civil
disorder damaged some property belonging to French individuals
living in the country.
soldiers had rocked down a French pastry cook's restaurant in Tacubaya, the cook asked
the Mexican government for reimbursement. The Mexican government was a little hard of hearing on that
ear. As the complaints from French folks piled up, the French government was ready to make a point.
All in all, the French government
demanded 600,000 pesos from the Mexican government for all the
trouble Frenchmen had suffered recently.
To show the Mexicans that
they were serious about the claim, the French sent a fleet to
Veracruz. The fleet arrived and, on April 16, 1838, got busy
attacking the San Juan de Ulúa fortress and occupying the city of
All of a sudden the Mexicans could
hear again on that ear and, through Great Britain, made a guarantee of payment.
That was good enough for the French and on March 9, 1839, their
sail direction home.
Any famous people involved?
Antonio López de Santa Anna lost one of his legs while