The Revolution (part 1)

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The Mexican Revolution’s Centenial is right around the corner, November the 18th to be exact and if you’re in Mexico you can expect plenty of fireworks and parties.

Many Americans confuse “Independence Day” (Sept. 16th) Of which the Bicentenial occurs this year with the revolution and the French Invasion, (cinco de Mayo). Anyway these are all seperate events. The Revolution  is easier to check up on….more parties, confetti throwing, fireworks & hangovers will hardly end before Revolution Day comes along . There were more reporters, newspapers , telegraphs, telephones & the film industry were in their infancy, so its easier to find facts.

 And the American Government meddled in the conflict also, several Americans joined up to fight in the Revolution also and were threatened with loss of American citizenship for doing so.

Here are some of the players in this program:

James Creelman...American Reporter

 James Creelman, an American Reporter inadvertantly created a spark to ignite the revolution. During an interview with Dictator Porfirio Diaz he asked, ” Do you plan on continuing in the Presidency?”  Diaz had been President for 30 years. “I’m getting old, ” he said, ” And I would welcome new parties”  This was just PR to calm talk in the USA. But influential Mexican intellectuals believed it to be true & formed “anti reelectionist parties which Diaz ruthlessly tried to eliminate.

The powder keg blew when the police attacked the home of Aquiles Serdan and killed several people  on November 18th, 1910. The next day fighting broke out all over the country.

Aquiles Serdan

 The home of the Serdan family , now a museum still has bullet holes in its facade. located in the Historic District of Puebla, Mexico.

the Serdan House (Revolution Museum)

SERDAN MUSEUM

 Pacho Villa was leading Revolutionaries in the North & Emiliano Zapata was in the South.

Pancho Villa

Zapata

At one point they teamed up and occupied Mexico City.

Villa & Zapata in Mexico City.

 To get an even more in depth insight as to what was happening, go to the following link and read Historian Jim Tucks account of the Revolution in “Mex Connect”.

http://www.mexconnect.com/articles/296

Stay tuned for part 2….

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2 responses »

  1. In the photo of Villa and Zapata, villa, I believe, is sitting on the only THRONE that ever ruled on this continent when France “set up” Maximillian and Carletta” in Mexico City in their castle.

  2. According to Paco Ignacio Taibo II’s magisterial “Panco Villa: Un biografía narrativa”, the “throne” does date to Maximillian, but was just a dining room chair that had been dragged out for a meeting and was sitting around. But, admit, it’s a better story the way it’s always been told. I fell the “throne” in my own book on Mexican history. Max’s throne THRONE — which he never used — is over in the castle. He was only in Mexico City from May 1864 to February 1867, and spent much of his time in Cuernavaca.

    Nice site, btw, and welcome to the Mexican cyber-ia. I’m always glad to see more attention paid to the Revolution and Mexican history in general.

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