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1914: The Aguascalientes Convention

By September 29, 2009

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Alvaro Obregon

It was in October of 1914 - exactly 95 years ago - that many of the leaders of the Mexican Revolution met in Aguascalientes to try and make peace and settle their differences for the good of Mexico. The meeting failed to produce much but a lot of hot air because three of the most important leaders, Pancho Villa, Venustiano Carranza and Emiliano Zapata, refused to attend. The convention did help the fortunes of Alvaro Obregon, the only one of the "Big Four" warlords who participated. The contacts he made with his rivals' officers and smaller, unaligned independents would help him become the last man standing by 1920.


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