12 Badass Mexican Revolutionaries You've Probably Never Heard About

The Mexican Revolution was a major armed struggle that lasted for almost a decade. A national revolution triggered off by a political crisis, it had a tremendous influence on Mexican culture and government. Many brave men and women participated in the revolution. While some of these revolutionaries became the face of the Mexican Revolution, many others were underrepresented despite playing strategic roles in the sociopolitical event. The revolution was a violent one and many people were killed. However, the revolutionaries were ultimately successful in bringing about the political changes they desired. Here is a list of 12 badass Mexican revolutionaries you have probably never heard about.

Also Known As: Don Miguel Gregorio Antonio Francisco Ignacio Hidalgo-Costilla y Gallaga Mandarte Villaseñor, Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla or Miguel Hidalgo
Birthday: 08 May 1753
Born In: Corralejo de Hidalgo, Mexico
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died On: 30 July 1811
Century: 18th Century, 19th Century
Spanish Roman Catholic priest, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, was a leader of the Mexican War of Independence. He gathered an army of nearly 90,000 poor farmers and Mexican civilians and led them to the Battle of Calderón Bridge. However, he was betrayed, captured, and executed. He is recognized as the Father of the Nation.

Also Known As: Francisco Pancho Villa, José Doroteo Arango Arámbula, Francisco Villa, Pancho Villa
Birthday: 05 June 1878
Born In: Durango
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died On: 20 July 1923
Century: 19th Century
Mexican revolutionary general Pancho Villa was one of the most prominent figures of the Mexican Revolution. A military landowner, he was the commander of the División del Norte, 'Division of the North', in the Constitutionalist Army. He was assassinated in 1923. His remains are currently in the Monument to the Revolution in Mexico City.

3. Eufemio Zapata

Also Known As: Eufemio Zapata Salazar
Birthday: 1873
Born In: Ciudad Ayala, Morelos, Mexico
Died On: 18 June 1917
Century: 19th Century, 20th Century
Better known as the brother of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, Eufemio Zapata was also a participant in the Mexican Revolution. However, his contributions to the revolution were overshadowed by his indulgent lifestyle. He was a heavy drinker and often got into trouble. He was killed by Sidronio "el Loco" Camacho, one of his brother’s commanders.

Birthday: 08 August 1879
Born In: Anenecuilco, Mexico
Sun Sign: Leo
Died On: 10 April 1919
Century: 19th Century
A leading figure in the Mexican Revolution, Emiliano Zapata was the main leader of the peasant revolution in the state of Morelos. He was the inspiration behind the agrarian movement called Zapatismo. In collaboration with other peasant leaders, he formed the Liberation Army of the South. He was assassinated in 1919.

Also Known As: Vicente Ramón Guerrero Saldaña
Birthday: 10 August 1782
Born In: Tixtla, Mexico
Sun Sign: Leo
Died On: 14 February 1831
Century: 18th Century, 19th Century
One of the leading revolutionary generals of the Mexican War of Independence, Vicente Guerrero championed for the cause of the common people. He fought against Spain for independence as a young and later became the president of Mexico. As the president, he abolished slavery on a national level.