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  • Mexico City, Mexico
    Tuesday Nov 28, 1876

    Mexican Revolution

    Díaz Seized The Presidency

    Mexico City, Mexico
    Tuesday Nov 28, 1876

    As a military man himself, and one who had intervened directly in politics to seize the presidency in 1876, Díaz was acutely aware that the Federal Army could oppose him. He augmented the rurales, a police force created by Juárez, making them his personal armed force. The rurales were only 2,500 in number, as opposed to the 30,000 in the Federal Army and another 30,000 in the Federal Auxiliaries, Irregulars, and National Guard. Despite their small numbers, the rurales were highly effective in bringing control to the countryside, especially along the 12,000 miles of railway lines. They were a mobile force, often put on trains with their horses to put down rebellions in relatively remote areas of Mexico.




  • Ayala, Morelos, Mexico
    Tuesday Nov 28, 1911

    Mexican Revolution

    Plan of Ayala

    Ayala, Morelos, Mexico
    Tuesday Nov 28, 1911

    In response to this lack of action, Zapata promulgated the Plan de Ayala in November 1911, declaring himself in rebellion against Madero. He renewed guerrilla warfare in the state of Morelos. Madero sent the Federal Army to deal with Zapata, unsuccessfully.




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