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Zapatista Officers Enjoy a Meal at Sanborns in Mexico City

A Rare Treat for Zapata's veterans

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The armies of Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa jointly held Mexico City in December, 1914.
Zapatista Officers Enjoy a Meal at Sanborns in Mexico City

Zapatista Officers enjoy lunch at Sanborns

Photo by Agustin Casasola

Emiliano Zapata's army rarely made it out of his home state of Morelos and the area to the south of Mexico City. One notable exception was the last couple months of 1914, when Zapata and Pancho Villa jointly held the capital. Zapata and Villa had much in common, including a general vision of a new Mexico and a dislike for Venustiano Carranza and other revolutionary rivals. The last part of 1914 was very tense it the capital, as minor conflicts between the two armies became commonplace. Villa and Zapata were never really able to work out the terms of an agreement under which they could work together. If they had, the course of the Mexican Revolution might have been very different.

In this photo, Zapatista officers enjoy a rare treat: lunch at the fancy Sanborns restaurant in Mexico City, a preferred meeting place of Zapata and his men while they were in the city.

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