Emiliano Zapata. By: Quinn Jordan . Timeline. Born August 8 th , 1879, in Anencuilco, Mexico to a Mestizo peasant who trained and sold horses, Gabriel Zapata. Artwork depicting Emiliano Zapata, the most influential person in the Mexican revolution. Timeline.
By: Quinn Jordan
Artwork depicting Emiliano Zapata, the most influential person in the Mexican revolution
In 1896 Emiliano was orphaned and had to care for his siblings.
Zapata was a soft spoken man who barely said anything, but when he did speak it was smart and to the point
Zapata was a skilled guerrilla fighter, an excellent horseman, and a very humble person. Few could match his skill to ride long distances and few could equal his skill as a rider
In 1909 his neighbors elected him president of the board of defense for their village. After useless negotiations with the landowners, Zapata and a group of peasants occupied by force the land that had been appropriated by the haciendas and distributed it among themselves.
If he was president of the board of defense Zapata would have to protect his village, and part of Mexico
Francisco Madero, a landowner of the north, had lost the elections in 1910 to the dictator Porfirio Díaz and had fled to the United States, where he proclaimed himself president and then reentered Mexico, aided by many peasant guerrillas. Zapata and his friends decided to support Madero.
Emiliano Zapata is pictured here with his group of Guerrilla fighters known as the Sombreros.
Zapata’s slogan was Tierra y Libertad, translated means land and liberty.