Jose Doroteo Arambul The Mexican Revolution

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Pancho Villa, whose real name was Jose Doroteo Arango Arambula, was a Mexican Revolutionary General and one of the most prominent figures of the Mexican Revolution. He was born in San Juan Rio, Durango, Mexico on July 5, 1878, and died on July 20, 1923. He grew up on a family farm and his father died when he was a teenager. Arambula left home and became a bandit. He was running away from the law and changed his name to Francisco Villa so he wouldn't get caught.

Villa joined the fight against the Mexican dictator, Porfirio Diaz, and was a successful soldier. After the dictator was removed from office and a new president, Francisco Madero, was elected, Pancho Villa was named a colonel in the Mexican army. He protected the president but was accused of stealing a horse and was sentenced to death. The president stopped his death but Villa still had to go to prison in June 1912. He escaped from prison, but there was a new man in power, Victoriano Huerta, the same man who accused him of stealing a horse. Villa leads a new revolution to overthrow the president.
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Villa didn’t like the new president so he leads another revolt. This time, he was supported by the United States government. After awhile, the United States decided not to back him up anymore so he kidnapped 16 Americans in Mexico and raided a town in New Mexico. Both Mexico and the United states were looking for him, but couldn’t find him. US army general John J. Pershing spent 9 months in an unsuccessful search for Pancho Villa. The search was called off because the United States had entered World War l and Pershing was called back to Washington to lead the war effort. When the new Mexican president, Adolfo de la Huerta, came to office, he made peace with Pancho Villa. Villa lived peacefully for three years and was assassinated on July 20, 1923, in Parral,

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