Thursday, November 26

Mexican Revolution: the letter in which Pancho Villa proposed to Zapata to invade the United States (and that he never reached his destination)

  • Marcos Gonzalez Diaz
  • BBC News Mundo correspondent in Mexico


Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata were two of the most charismatic leaders of the Mexican Revolution.

What would have happened if Mexicans Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata had joined forces to invade the United States?

The idea was put on paper. This is how it reads in one of the at least 30 letters exchanged by two of the most iconic leaders of the Mexican Revolution, whose beginning marks 110 years this November 20.

The long armed conflict (1910-1917) that began as a struggle against the perpetuation in power of General Porfirio Díaz, left more than a million dead in the country.

Villa, claiming that the US was supporting the Mexican constitutionalist government during the conflict, tried to achieve the support for Zapata to move the fight to the other side of the border writing him a letter:

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