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The Death of Emiliano Zapata

The Death of Emiliano Zapata

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On April 10, 1919, rebel warlord Emiliano Zapata was double-crossed, ambushed and killed by federal forces working with Coronel Jesus Guajardo.
The Death of Emiliano Zapata

The Death of Emiliano Zapata

Photo by Agustin Casasola
Emiliano Zapata was greatly loved by the impoverished people of Morelos and southern Mexico. Zapata had proved to be a stone in the shoe of every man who would try and lead Mexico during this time because of his stubborn insistence on land, freedom and justice for the poor of Mexico. He outlasted dictator Porfirio Diaz, President Francisco I. Madero and usurper Victoriano Huerta, always taking to the field with his army of ragged peasant soldiers every time his demands were ignored. In 1916, President Venustiano Carranza ordered his generals to get rid of Zapata by any means necessary, and on April 10, 1919, Zapata was betrayed, ambushed and killed. His supporters were devastated to learn that he had died, and many refused to believe it. In this photo, Zapata is mourned by some of his distraught supporters.
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