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Pastry War, (1838-1839), brief and minor conflict between Mexico and France, arising from the claim of a French pastry chef living in Tacubaya, near Mexico City, that certain officers of the Mexican army had damaged his restaurant

The Pastry War, a minor conflict between Mexico and France, took place from 1838 to 1839.

The conflict arose out of a claim by a French pastry chef, whose last name was Remontel, who lived in Tacubaya, a neighborhood in Mexico City, that some Mexican army officers had damaged his restaurant and eaten all the pastries.

Remontel went to France’s ambassador to Mexico, Baron Deffaudis, to ask for France’s support in the compensation claim, but did not receive the response he expected.

However, the conflict quickly escalated as more Frenchmen in Mexico began to report looting and damage to their businesses during the Revolution, and more conflicts and claims for compensation increased.

A number of foreign powers pressured the Mexican government without success to pay for the losses that some of their nationals claimed to have suffered during several years of civil unrest.

France has decided to support the demand for MXN 600,000 by sending a fleet to Veracruz, the main Mexican port in the Gulf of Mexico.

After bombing the fortress of San Juan de Ulúa, located on a reef outside the port, and occupying the city on April 16, 1838, the French obtained a guarantee of payment by the good offices of Great Britain and withdrew their fleet on March 9. 1839.

The most important national result of the pastry war was the strengthening of the prestige and political influence of the Mexican dictator Antonio Lòpez de Santa Anna, who had taken command of the Mexican army and had lost a leg in the fights.

Source: El Universal

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