On this day in 1878, José Doroteo Arango Arámbula was born in the small village of San Juan del Rio, Mexico. He is best known by his nickname, Pancho Villa, and was a key figure in the Mexican Revolution which began in 1910. Pancho Villa and his fighters supported Francisco Madero, an advocate of democracy and social justice, and together they worked to overthrow the dictator Porfirio Diaz. As a revolutionary general of the wealthy, resource-rich northern state of Chihuahua, Pancho Villa and his “Villistas” also played the role of Robin Hood. They were known to hold-up trains and wealthy haciendas, distributing the booty to the poor and oppressed. Perhaps because of this notoriety, Pancho Villa was not admitted quickly into Mexico’s “Panteón” of national heroes. Today, however, he is considered a national hero and many streets, squares, and buildings are named after him. Pancho Villa was attacked and killed by a group of bandits on 20 July 1923. He was ambushed as he drove in his car, lightly-guarded, bringing gold home from the bank in order to pay his workers.
The silver brooch, pictured above, was made in Mexico, some fifty years after Pancho Villa galloped through the dusty Mexican countryside. It would look great on the lapel of a man or woman's coat. Please click on the photo to learn more about it.
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