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Did You Know? The Hero of Nacozari Tony Burton

November 7, 2007, marks the centenary of the death of Jesús García, the "Hero of Nacozari." The small town of Nacozari occupies a valley nestled in the foothills of the Western Sierra Madre (Sierra ... read more

Cinco de Mayo is more widely celebrated in USA than Mexico Tony Burton

US postage stamp commemorating Cinco de Mayo

Of the many battles fought on Mexican soil in the nineteenth century, only one — the Battle of Puebla, fought on May 5, 1862 — has given rise to a Mexican national holiday.

Why this one? The main reason is that the Battle of Puebla marks Mexico's only major military success since independence from Spain in 1821.

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Mexico City's San Fernando Cemetery for famous sons, present or not Anthony Wright

The San Fernando Cemetery first began operating in 1713. The poor were first buried there, in the section known as the "Panteón chico." Later, aristocrats nudged their way in, and then in 1835 the "Panteón grande" was constructed and it became an all-purpose public bone yard. read more

Listing of Mexico's Presidents and Heads of State Index Page

A timeline showing Presidents from Mexico's Independence in 1822 to the present day. read more

The Mexican Postal Service celebrates 100 years of the Mexican Revolution and the Bicentennial of Mexico's Independence James Tipton

In 1985, the Servicio Postal Mexicano, the Mexican Postal Service, released five stamps honoring important heroes of the Mexican Revolution with stamps featuring Francisco Villa, Emiliano Zapata, Venustiano Carranza, Francisco Madero, and the soldadera, the woman who served (even in battle) at the side of her man. Matching sets were issued in November of 2008 and 2009 to celebrate the forthcoming 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, which we officially celebrate on November 20th, Día de Revolución, the day set by Francisco I. Madero in 1910 for the Revolution to begin. read more

Child heroes and Mexico myths Marvin West

Mexico has many myths but this was a wonderful truth, six military academy cadets, in defiance of Gen. Nicholas Bravo's order to retreat, choosing to fight to the finish. They were lieutenant Juan de la Barrera, 20, Agustin Melgar, Vicente Suarez, Francisco Marquez, Fernando Montes de Oca and Juan Escutia. One by one they were struck down. read more

The Zapata interview Maggie Van Ostrand

In 1916, an intrepid reporter, Guillermo Ojara, was assigned by his paper, El Demócrata, to go south to seek and interview Emiliano Zapata. After harrowing incidents with hundreds of Zapatistas in the mountains, valleys, even The Hill of the Scorpions inhabited by thousands of those deadly creatures, Ojara was finally brought to his subject read more

Mexico's famous historical people - a chronological list of Mexican makers of history

This chronological listing of Mexico's famous and infamous historical figures puts you only a click away from reading more about their victories, lives and loves. read more

Did you know? Mexico City's charwoman-businessman: Conchita Jurado Tony Burton

A charwoman-actress once captivated Mexican high society in her alter ego as Don Carlos Balmori. An elaborate tomb in Mexico City's main cemetery, the Panteón Civil de Dolores, is a lasting reminder ... read more

Did You Know? Mexico tried to prevent Americans from migrating to Texas Tony Burton

Mexico once tried hard to prevent Americans from migrating to Texas. In recent years, considerable attention has focused on the U.S. government's efforts to stem the flow of Mexicans migrating north o... read more

Mejico: The Conquest Of An Ancient Civilization Reviewed by James Tipton

This is the beginning of the end…. Ruffo Espinosa, Sr., the author of this remarkable historical novel, was born in Mexico in 1907, although he spent most of his adult life in the United States. He ... read more

Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919

Born August 8, 1879, in Anenecuilco, Morelos. Was a mediero (sharecropper) and horse trainer. Conscripted into the army for seven years attaining the rank of sergeant. As president of the village ... read more

Pancho Villa as a German Agent... Jim Tuck

To most of us, the term "German agent" conjures up the image of a heel-clicking Bundist swilling beer and sieg heiling as he attends his monthly meeting at Camp Siegfried. If his vintage is pre-WW... read more

A History of Mexico by Henry Bamford Parkes Reviewed by Allan Cogan

A very straightforward, unbiased, factual account of Mexican history from the times of the Indians, the Mayas and Toltecs and Aztecs up to the 1960s. read more

Benito Juarez, an enigma Shep Lenchek

"The evil men do lives after them, the good is often interred with their bones." These words of Shakespeare may well describe the future of U.S. President Bill Clinton, but in writing about Mexican Pre... read more

The Old Gringo by Carlos Fuentes Reviewed by Allan Cogan

The story is based on the mysterious death/disappearance of the American writer Ambrose Bierce who, at age 71, went into Mexico in 1913 during the Revolution and vanished. Bierce is the author of such works as "The Devil's Dictionary" and "Incident at Owl's Creek Bridge." He was a contemporary of writers like Bret Harte and Mark Twain. He was also a newspaper reporter, employed at the time of his death by the San Francisco Chronicle, which was part of the William Randolph Hearst empire. Bierce had also seen distinguished service in the Civil War. read more

Aztec by Gary Jennings Reviewed by Allan Cogan

I found this novel to be a total winner. In fact, it just kept on getting better and better and I can’t recommend it highly enough. A couple of people described it as "that gory book" when I mentioned I was reading it. Yes, it’s gory, because it describes a society that was rather big on human sacrifice and a people who were rather beastly to neighboring tribes. But they had worthy things going for them, too. They built a wonderful city and produced great artists and created a viable civilization. My hat is off to Gary Jennings. read more

Porfirio Diaz, an enigma Shep Lenchek

Colonel Porfirio Diaz
In many ways, Porfirio Díaz is an enigma. Although he always gave lip service to democracy, during the thirty-five years that he controlled Mexico (1876 - 1911) he rode rough shod over freedom of speech, controlled the press, exiled dissidents and jailed opponents without trials. read more

Conquest: Montezuma, Cortes and the Fall of Old Mexico by Hugh Thomas Reviewed by Allan Cogan

This must surely be one of the great adventure stories of all time – how Hernan Cortés and about 500 conquistadores conquered a settled and established civilization in three short years, from 1519 to 1521. Distinguished scholar and historian Hugh Thomas has made good use of recently discovered archival material in both Spain and Mexico to produce a feast of reading for history buffs. Cortés must have been an incredible leader – as well as being a total bastard. read more

Border Crossings by David L. Fleming Reviewed by Allan Cogan

The book is ased on an actual incident in relations between the U.S. and Mexico when, in 1916, Pancho Villa's bandidos, led by Antonio Salazar, raided the small town of Columbus, New Mexico. The border between the two countries in those times was a more tense and seemingly less well-defined place at the beginning of the century. Certainly there was less coming-and-going between the two countries then. read more

The Underdogs (Los de Abajo): A Novel of the Mexican Revolution by Mariano Azuela Reviewed by Allan Cogan

This novel is described in several places as a classic of modern Hispanic literature and it really is a powerful book. Novelist Mariano Azuela knew what he was writing about, having served as a doctor in Pancho Villa's army and having participated in several key engagements in that conflict. read more

Vicente Guerrero: A study in triumph and tragedy (1782–1831) Jim Tuck

Vicente Ramón Guerrero Saldaña was the second president of Mexico and the first to come from las clases populares (the "popular" classes), which in Spanish is a euphemism for an individual of ... read more

Plutarco Elias Calles: Crusader in reverse Jim Tuck

(1877–1945) President: 1924-28 Mexico is a land of intense faith. The cult of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the saints on automobile dashboards, the vast crowds making pilgrimages on... read more

Las Pozas: Edward James' fantasy stands tall in a jungle in Mexico Michael Kernan

The Surrealist poet, self-styled architect and arts patron Edward James liked to put his ideas into concrete form before they got away read more

Fighting liberal: The stormy career of Santos Degollado (18?? - 1856)

Those who characterize liberals as wimps or ineffective bleeding hearts would think twice if they lived in the era of a fiery and committed jurist and reformer named Santos Degollado. Along with the po... read more
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