Mexican Revolution

Mexican Revolution
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  • Dictator Pofirio Diaz brought order to Mexico by jailing his opponents. He also gained money from foreign investors opposition to Diaz grew while Mexicans lived in poverty. 
  • Diaz ran for re-election he jailed his opponent a few months before. Once released, Madero  declared himself president of Mexico and called for a revolution. As the Mexican Revolution unfolded, the Zapatistas began to seize lang by force. Francisco Villa and Pascual Orozco led a revolt against Diaz as well.  Diaz resigned and went into exile in France.
  • Francisco Madero was elected President of Mexico and tried to develop a democratic government but faced challenges. Huerta (commander of government troops) overthrew Madero, imprisioned, ad executed him. He named himself the new president but 4 armies rose up to fight him.
  • The USS Dolhin went ashore for supplies in Tampico but were arrested by soldiers loyal to Huerta. They were released but the US wanted Mexicans to give the American Fla a 21-gun salute but Huerta refused. The president then asked Congress to authorize the use of armed forces against Mexico.
  • WIlson ordered the US Navy to seize the city once he heard a German ship was heading for the Veracruz. A violent battle erupted when US Marines landed in Mexico. Huerta struggled to stay in power and resigned.
  • When Huerta was gone Carranza stepped in and Wilson supported him more. Villa then led troops across the US to strike. Carranza called a constitutional convention and a new constitution went into effect. Fighting still continued which caused many to immigrate to the US for a better life.
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