Villa, Zapata And The Mexican Revolution

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Under the dictatorial regime of Porfirio Diaz, Mexico suffered through many losses, government fraud and a repressive tyranny. Under this regime it was then that Mexico began its search for a new identity. In order to do so a revolt emerged and was led by several influential revolutionists. Out of these leaders two stand out the most for having a greater impact on the Mexican revolution. These two armed rebellions were Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata, both fought for the same rights and wanted to help the poor of Mexico. Although Villa’s lack of education, his background as a poor peasant and his ruthless war tactics appeared as disadvantages compared to middle class and educated Zapata’s organized methods, they both achieved their goals and had a major influence. On June 6, 1878 Pancho Villa was born to a poor peasant family (Katz p 7). At a young age Villa earned the reputation of being captured and escaping after breaking the law. He joined a group of outlaws that was led by Ignacio Parra and Refugio Alvarado and became a fugitive (McLynn p59). Villa learned to work together with the peasants of villages by paying them money in return for protection. After being captured for assault and robbery he was sentenced to one year in the army which he later deserted and in March 1902 he fled to Chihuahua (McLynn p60). Here he lived a life of working different jobs and fleeing to different towns once his identity was discovered. Some considered him the Robin Hood of the poor in the North and others believe he was just a bandit for stealing and using violence. In 1910 Villa made his first revolutionary move, by attacking the hacienda of Chavarria, killing the administrator and stealing horses, supplies and money (McLynn p71). This event and his political opportunist approach led him to the

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