- NAME: Pancho Villa
- OCCUPATION: Military Leader
- BIRTH DATE: June 05, 1878
- DEATH DATE: July 20, 1923
- Did You Know?: Pancho Villa signed a contract with Hollywood's Mutual Film Company in 1913 to have several of his battles filmed.
- PLACE OF BIRTH: San Juan del Rio, Durango, Mexico
- PLACE OF DEATH: Parral, Mexico
- Originally: Doroteo Arango
- Full Name: José Doroteo Arango Arámbula
- AKA: Francisco Villa
- AKA: Pancho Villa
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Pancho Villa was a top military leader of the Mexican Revolution whose exploits were regularly filmed by a Hollywood company.
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In 1920, Villa reached an agreement with Mexican leader Adolfo de la Huerta pardoning him for his actions. Three years later, on July 20, 1923, Pancho Villa was assassinated.
After his attack on the U.S. border town of Columbus, New Mexico, Pancho Villa was wanted dead or alive by both the American and Mexican governments.
On March 9th, 1916, Pancho Villa attacked the United States border town of Columbus, New Mexico.
Pancho Villa was born on June 5, 1878, in San Juan del Rio. After his father's death, he became head of the household and shot a man who was harassing one of his sisters.
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And surprisingly, the bandit who once hid his presence and changed his name to avoid attention loved being photographed. He even signed a contract with Hollywood's Mutual Film Company in 1913 to have several of his battles filmed.
The U.S. supported Villa in more ways than simply behind a lens. After the numerous battles that occurred, Carranza rose to power in 1914. Disappointed with Carranza's skills as a leader, a rebellion broke out yet again, with Villa joining forces with Zapata and President Woodrow Wilson to bring down Carranza. With Mexico's move towards democracy under Carranza, Woodrow withdrew his support of Villa the following year, leading to Villa kidnapping and killing 18 Americans in January 1916. Only months later, on March 9, 1916, Villa led several rebels in a raid of Columbus, New Mexico, where they ravaged the small town and killed 19 additional people.
Wilson retaliated by sending General John Pershing to Mexico in order to capture Villa. Despite Carranza's support in searching for Villa, the two hunts that occurred in 1916 and 1919 for the Mexican rebel produced no results. In 1920, Carranza was assassinated and Adolfo De la Huerta became the president of Mexico. In an effort to restore peace to the unstable nation, De la Huerta negotiated with Villa for his withdrawal from the battlefield. Villa agreed and retired as a revolutionary in 1920. He was killed three years later on July 20, 1923, in Parral, Mexico.
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