We’re heading back to elementary school and these your basic knowledge. We’ll see how much you know, or remember, about Emiliano Zapata.
Zapata was one of the most important leaders in the Mexican Revolution, he was born in San Miguel Anenecuilco, Morelos. He became a symbol for resistance and defender of indigenous and farmers’ human rights.
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Zapata’s early life
Emiliano Zapata was born in a humble family in Anenecuilco on August 8th, 1879. At the age of 16, he became an orphan, in consequence, he was only able to study up to sixth grade in elementary school.
It was Emilio Vera, a former soldier from Juarez’s army, who impregnated the strong ideals which later fueled his fight.
His first confrontation with the authorities was at the age of 17. This led him to leave his hometown.
One of his biggest passions were horses. He dedicated to trade these animals whenever the field work was low. When he turned 30, he became the biggest horse tamer in the region.
Some people in Cuautla say that Emiliano was missing his right hand’s little finger, which supposedly, he lost in a bullfight.
Emiliano Zapata, the revolutionary’s body double
Some say that Zapata used a body double for some public events, however, people would recognize him because he was taller than the person who covered him.
Something really characteristic of this character, was that he always wore a charro suit, armed, and accompanied by his horse.
The day he was murdered people were looking for a mole he had above his eye. This, to prove that the body was actually Zapata’s.
If you visit Anenecuilco, Morelos, you will find a small museum that exhibits the original walls of what used to be his home.
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