1878 - 1923
Hero or Villain?
Francisco "Pancho" Villa was originally
Doroteo Arango, but Pancho caught on better with anyone who felt
like joining him in the fight that originally had the aim to get rid of Mexican dictator
As a guerrilla leader, Villa controlled Chihuahua
for about two years during the
Pancho Villa might or might not have raided
Columbus, New Mexico, in 1916.
In any event, as a consequence of the
Columbus Raid, the US sent
John J. Pershing after Pancho Villa.
Pancho Villa's Stamina
In his book The Life and Times of
Pancho Villa, historian Friedrich Katz
tells you what was remarkable about the man.
doubtful whether many military leaders would
have continued to fight had they suffered
defeats of such magnitude as the ones that
Villa suffered at Celaya.
however, seems to have had unlimited amounts
of self-confidence, courage, and endurance.
Above all, he
had such charismatic appeal that his
soldiers were willing to continue the fight
and that he was even able to win new
recruits for his army."
Pancho Villa's Staff
Luis Aguirre Benavides was
Another good friend of Villa's was
Fierro, who passionately did all of Pancho's dirty work.
Arguably the best trained soldier in the field of the Mexican
Revolution was Villa's general
Doroteo Arango without hat
Archivo Histórico, Universidad
Nacional Autónoma de México
Pancho Villa - Early Years
Pancho was born on June 5,
1878, at the Rancho de la Coyotada on the Hacienda del Rio Grande,
one of the largest haciendas in the state of Durango. The hacienda
owner was the López Negrete family.
Francisco "Pancho" Villa was baptized
Doroteo Arango. There are different opinions about his real
Pancho Villa's Family
Pancho Villa's father was
Agustín Arango. His mother was María Micaela Arambula.
The couple worked as sharecroppers on the hacienda.
Pancho's father died when he was five
Pancho Villa had four siblings. His brothers were