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Villa meets Zapata

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The Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) began with a contested election in 1910 and ended a decade later with hundreds of thousands dead, the country in tatters and the economy in ruins. The outside world would regard it as a comic nuisance, but locally has become the stuff of legend, with larger than life characters such as Francisco ‘Pancho’ Villa, Emiliano Zapata and Álvaro Obregón battling one another for ownership of the rich nation of Mexico. At their meeting in Mexico’s presidential palace on Dec. 7th 1914, Villa and Zapata were the two most powerful men in Mexico.

Two revolutionaries met for the first time three days before at the municipal school of Xochimilco, 12 miles south of the capital. There Zapata with his family and Villa with his elite troops, the Dorados (the Golden Ones, so called because of the gold insignia they wore on their khaki uniforms and Stetsons) decided to jointly occupy Mexico City on December 6th. After Villa and Zapata occupied the city, the interim President Eulalio Gutierrez threw a banquet at the National Palace, where the above photo was taken.

Rodolfo Fierro is on far right, with Otilio Montaño (with his head bandaged) is seated near him.Tómas Urbina is seated at far left. Villa is on the presidential chair, and joked with Zapata insisting they take turns sitting in the presidential chair for a photograph. “I didn’t fight for that,” said Zapata. “We should burn that chair to end all ambitions.” On December 9th, Zapata left Mexico City to start his campaign–he would not see Villa again. Zapata would be assassinated in 1919, and Villa would follow the same route years later.

Written by Alex Selwyn-Holmes

May 10, 2009 at 12:23 am

Posted in Politics, War

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  1. Do you know who any of the others are in the photo?

    emily

    November 20, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    • Yes, From tp left to right: Felipe Cardenas, Pedro Cortina y Pancho Aceves with the hats, Eulalio Gutierrez, and Dionisio Ayala with the moustache,
      Then below, Ceferino Chavez, Julio Ramirez, Simposio Traconiles, Benito Caamaño, Benavides Triquiñuelas, Simposio Chacachaca, y toda su familia. Los demas son del equipo de futbol de la colonia.

      Pepito Huevonales

      December 15, 2016 at 2:38 am

  2. Hi, I need to know the name of the photographer of Zapata with Villa sitting in the Presidential Chair, 1914.

    Rosalva Perez

    November 29, 2009 at 8:03 pm

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