Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Mexican Insurgents

This is a picture of a group of Mexican Insurgents. The picture was taken in 1911 in Juarez, Mexico, which is across the border from El Paso, Texas. Throughout its history, Mexico has had difficulty establishing a stable federal government. There have been a number of revolutionary movements and wars dating back to the early 1800's. I am not sure what revolutionary movement was going on in this picture, in 1911.


  1. Hello,
    It a very nice blog, thank you for a pleasure I've got!
    I'm writting to your from Lithuania, so, take my apologies for my english.
    As you like an old photoes, I desided to put in a link to my job's blog (it is a Vilnius university library blod about Vilnius city, I am administrator of it), some time ago I published some old photoes there, you may liked it. Naturally, it is in lithuanian, but names of some places are close to english ones.
    This photoes are one single collection from the last tsar Nicolaus II trip to the East. Main photoes of this trip are hold in Rusiians archives, and it was just wonderful, that our library had such photo diary of one of this journey participant.
    Thanks again for a interesting blog!

  2. Silly, this is no revolutionary movement. This is the holiday Cinco de Quatro that Pres. Obama talked about the other day. Often the locals call it Bandolero y Sombrero Day - it's much like our Halloween. The tradition is for every boy aged 16 to 45 to dress up in a sombrero and as many bandoleros as he can find, grab their three of their drunkest friends, and assemble on the town square where they collectively go door-to-door asking for candy (note the goody pail around the cannon). When the pail is filled they hold games like, "see how long I can stay on top of the cannon while you guys move it" and "stand around in a group until we decide what to do." The last guy to go home has to yell, "Okay, am I the only one still fighting this Revolution?" If there is no answer, then he gets to drag the cannon to his home until next time.

  3. nate,
    Silly you, Everyone knows Cinco de Quatro is celebrated on the Fifth of April.

  4. I don't think the gun barrel was
    made for that rig.
    Usually you see flanges to fit
    over the side 'pins' to keep it
    The barrel just doesn't seem to
    sit right.

  5. purses,,,,,we dont need no stinking purses,,ha ha,,,

  6. Ross_from_MaineMay 6, 2009 at 9:08 PM

    I think this revolt in Juarez was the start of the revolution against Diaz and brought Pancho Villa, and years later The US and General Pershing into the picture...

  7. The revolutions in Mexico seemed pretty epic, at least the ones I saw depicted in the Westerns. I will have to read more about it. Love the bullet belts across the chests.