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Today in Latin American History

Mexican Revolution leader Emiliano Zapata was Killed in 1919

Mexican Revolution leader Emiliano Zapata was Killed in 1919

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Today in Latin American history, Mexican Revolution leader Emiliano Zapata was ambushed and shot dead by government forces in Morelos in 1919.

On April 10, 1919, Col. Jesús Guajardo invited Zapata to a meeting, intimating that he intended to defect to the revolutionaries.  However, when Zapata arrived at the Hacienda de San Juan, in Chinameca, Ayala municipality, Guajardo’s men riddled him with bullets.

They then took his body to Cuautla to claim the bounty, where they are reputed to have been given only half of what was promised.

Following Zapata’s death, the Liberation Army of the South slowly fell apart.

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