This Day in History: Pancho Villa Attacks Columbus, New Mexico
In the early morning of March 9, 1916, General Francisco “Pancho” Villa and between 500-1,000 of his cavalry troops invaded the United States, attacking a military camp in the small town of Columbus, New Mexico.
In retaliation, on March 14, 1916, the United States Army launched The Pancho Villa Expedition with the mission to kill or capture General Villa.
US troops remained on Mexican soil until February 7, 1917. Villa was never killed nor captured.
The site in Columbus, New Mexico, where General Villa and his troops invaded the United States, is now Pancho Villa State Park.
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Nuevo Laredo, Mexico - Ruben Flores, 64, sits inside his one-room office. He types letters for people who can’t write. He opened his stall in 1964, just across from the city’s municipal building. For nearly 50 years he’s helped people with everything from taxes to government forms, but his favorite letters to write are love letters. To him the border has changed a lot over time and today he says it makes it harder for people to get visas and for tourists to enter his city.
Throughout the years he’s seen a lot of life pass by and has many memories. One of his fondest — the night he and his friends went to see the Beatles in ‘A Hard Days Night.’ “I remember the day like it was yesterday,” said Flores, with a wide grin.
And yes, he really said that, believe me I didn’t prompt the pun. Half his answers were in Beatles lyrics.
White Kids in New York City Analyze Frida Kahlo’s ‘Border’ Painting
In researching Frida Kahlo’s famous “Self-portrait on the Border Between Mexico and the United States,” which we shared a few weeks ago, we came across this image of a pretty precise analysis by students from an alternative school in the Prospect Park section of Brooklyn.
“It seems like like America doesn’t have any wildlife, while Mexico is more beautiful and has more wildlife. It seems like she is making fun of the US,” one student says of the painting.
That’s pretty accurate, kids. Good job.
The other interesting thing about Frida’s ‘Border’ painting is that based on the number of Google searches (and results) enquiring about it, there seems to be a lot of interest in its interpretation.
Although it’s surely possible that Kahlo was pandering to the anti-Yankee sentiment of many Mexicans and others in this piece, the fact that many are still questioning US hegemony because of it is a lasting blessing. Thank you, Frida.
Mujer acusada de brujería, ciudad de México, año de 1935. Foto del Archivo Casasola. Copyright © ®
Get back from tour and I have work and dealing with my courier era taxes waiting for me.
Never come back from tour.
I got used to working with punks and weirdos and I didn’t think much about being punk.
But now I work with norms and all I want to do is not work with norms. I like where I work, but I feel out of place all the time.
All I want to do is go on tour.