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The history of Pancho Villa
Transcript of The history of Pancho Villa
When Villa was 15, his father died, so Villa began to work as a sharecropper to help his mother and four siblings.
One day Villa came home from the fields to find that the owner of the hacienda intended to have sex with his 12-year-old sister. Villa, only 16, grabbed a pistol, shot the owner of the hacienda and took off to the mountains.
Pancho Villa was born on June 5, 1878 as Doroteo Arango, the son of a sharecropper at the hacienda in San JUan del Rio, Durango.
From 1894 to 1910, Villa spent most of his time in the mountains running away from the law.
By stealing from the rich and often giving to the poor, some people saw Pancho Villa as a modern-day Robin Hood.
Villa´s notoriety as a bandit caught the attention of men who were planning a revolution. The men understood that Villa´s skills could be used as as a guerilla fighter.
On February 22, 1913, Huerta killed Madero and claimed the presidency for himself. Villa the allied himself with Carranza to fight against Huerta.
In the summer of 1914, Villa and Carranza split and became enemies.
The United State took sides in the battle and supported Carranza. On March 9, 1916, Villa attacked the town of Columbus, New Mexico.
On May 20, 1920, Carranza was assassinated and De la Huerta became the interm president of Mexico. De la Huerta wanted peace in Mexico so he negotiated with Villa for his retirement.
Villa retired from revolutionary life in 1920 but had only a short retirement. He was gunned down in his car on July 20, 1923.