Mexican History 1911
Timeline - Year 1911
First Week of February 1911
and his Chihuahuas attack Ciudad Juárez, where
approx 500 federal troops are stationed. They had an agreement with
Francisco I. Madero, who was still in Texas at the time.
The idea was that Madero
and his men would come back into the country as soon as Orozco and
his men had Ciudad Juárez under control.
However, the Mexican government had sent reinforcements direction
north and they defeated Orozco upon his attack and forced him to
February 4, 1911
The federal 10th regiment led by Colonel Antonio Rábago leave Casas
Grandes by train to aid their comrades in defending Ciudad Juárez.
They get as far as Bauche station where the rebels had cut off the
rails, resulting in the
First Battle of Bauche.
Pascual Orozco and
his revolutionaries fought the feds this afternoon and night.
Oscar Merrit Wheelock, aka Captain
Oscar G. Creighton, might or
might not have been directly responsible for the disrupted tracks.
You can read more about
The Dynamite Devil on Rick
February 5, 1911
Second and last day of the First Battle of Bauche.
Rabago and his
team abandon the train and continue their journey inland and make it
to Ciudad Juárez.
February 7, 1911
Gabriel Tepepa and
Lucio Moreno start their revolution but their
timing was awful. After a quick initial success, their movement got
stuck in the hills because nobody was really ready to run with them.
Zapata didn't chime in because he was still waiting for
Burgos to come back from his
Battle of Smelter View -
and his men are fighting near El Paso
/ Juarez at the Rio Grande river banks.
Mid February 1911
Torres Burgos returns at last.
Emiliano Zapata and his men had sent him to
Francisco I. Madero, to check the man out and his intentions. Zapata
wanted to make sure Madero was no flake and that Madero was worth
risking lives for.
Torres Burgos reported a thumbs up and the revolutionaries got
organized: Zapata was made colonel. Patricio Leyva was made chief
revolutionary. Torres Burgos was made chief revolutionary number
two, in case something happened to Patricio.
The new idea of the Zapatistas was to start the revolution in Villa
de Ayala and then go south, instead of north. Don't take on the
north until the south was lined up. Also:
Gabriel Tepepa, a potential rival,
had to be won over.
February 14, 1911
Porfirio Díaz put some pressure on the American government, who
then issued an order for
Madero's arrest. Madero crosses the border
back into Mexico near Ciudad Juárez.
Emiliano Zapata and 5,000 men
shuffle to the city of Cuautla and close the road to the
capital, Mexico City.
March 6, 1911
Battle of Casas Grandes, Chihuahua. Maderista rebels vs. Federal
troops. The federals win.
March 8, 1911
Escandón y Barrón orders an expansion of the state police
force. Simultaneously, the hacienda owners strengthened their own
March 10, 1911
The revolutionaries meet at Cuautla to discuss when to start the
revolution full force. Attending: Torres Burgos,
Emiliano Zapata and more.
Zapata says they're not ready yet because a) there exists a lack of
unity among the revolutionary chiefs and b) the revolutionaries
don't have enough weapons and ammunition. Zapata is overruled. The
revolution will begin tomorrow.
March 11, 1911
The revolutionaries took the police office in Villa de Ayala,
gathered the people and Torres Burgos read to the crowd the
Plan of San Luis
At which occasion
Otilio E. Montaño yelled "¡Abajo las Haciendas
y Vivan los Pueblos!", Down with the haciendas, long live the towns.
March 12, 1911
Fighting at Agua Prieta, Sonora
March 16, 1911
In Juárez, someone set some nitroglycerin on fire and tried to blow
up the housing of the Federal troops stationed there.
March 18, 1911