Thursday, May 7, 2009

Mexican Insurrectionist

This picture was taken in 1911, and shows a Mexican Insurrectionist on horseback. The man was Captain Castello. Again, I am not sure about the details of this insurrection, and I think to this day their is debate about who the bandits were, and who the freedom fighters were.


  1. The last two photos sort of remind me of that great ensemble western from 1966, "The Professionals" starring Burt Lancaster, Jack Palance, Lee Marvin, Ralph Bellamy, and Claudia Cardinale.

    It takes place in Mexico right after the Revolution.

    If you haven't seen it, I suggest you do.

    Anyway, the horse in this photo looks somewhat malnourished to me.

  2. Any truth to something I heard that the Cowboy carried a lot of influences from Mexico's/Spanish horse culture? I think I hear Spanish influences in Western Swing for example.

  3. Actually, most of the "cowboys" were "vaqueros" along the border and as far north as Colorado and Utah where the ratio started thinning out in favor of Europeans. Kinda like today's population of working stiffs willing to do crappy jobs.

    But the accoutremon (?sp?) differed east to west. Leather Riata's for the Californios versus the hemp rope larriat in Texas. Heavy duty chaps in the desert, and more decorative styles in the prairies.

  4. I don't think larriat is a word in Texas. You always "throw a rope" not "throw a larriat". You would have been laughed out o the corral.

  5. Sorry for the nitpicking, but I cannot stand errors in grammar and useage; "their is debate" should read "there is debate". I look forward to your response (in which you will probably point my error in useage).

  6. Hello, George:

    I will oblige you.

    "point my error in useage" should read "point TO my error in useage."

    How's that. You can trust me, I have an MA in English.

  7. Or . . . your sentence could read "point OUT my error in useage."

  8. interesting picture, it inspired me to do some searching around and I found an interesting New York TImes newspaper archive article about fighting between Mexican Insurrectionists and federal troops in 1911

    If you click on full article that appears after the summery you can read the whole thing.

  9. sweetie, if it was 1911, it was the 'mexican revolution' or their civil war that ended in 1921 (it began in 1910 when maderos plan of san luis potosi opposed the diaz dictatorship). there were still interior breakouts going on for another 10 years, most notably (and the bloodiest) was the cristero war which went on from 1926 - 1929. the cristero war opposed the constitution(s) (there are several mexican constitutions) and laws that curtailed the power of the church. the cristero war was still considered part of the 20 year civil war in mexico with began with the overthrow of diaz's power.