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By the turn of the century Profirio Diazs regime had not only been marked by notable achievements but alsoby brutal tyranny Under Diaz the finances of Mexico were stabilized and country experienced an unprecedentedeconomic development Foreign capital especially American was invested in the exploitation of the countrysmineral resources the mining textile and other industries were constructed and the foreign trade increased about300 percent On the other hand foreign investors drained great part of the countrys wealth Much of the ancientcommunal lands ejidos of the Native Americans where poverty and illiteracy were widespread was in the handsof a relatively small number of landowners The haciendas could reach up to eight million acres at times andcontrolled the lives of many Manifestations of the resulting social discontent were suppressed by Diaz with an ironhand until the revolution of 1911 After years of growing up on a hacienda Doroteo Aranga learned to hatearistocratic Dons who worked he and many other Mexicans like slaves Even more so he hated ignorance withinthe Mexican people that allowed such injustices At the young age of fifteen Aranga came home to find his mothertrying to prevent the rape of his sister Aranga shot the man and fled to the Sierra Madre for the next fifteen yearsmarking him as a fugitive for the first time It was then that he changed his name from Doroteo Aranga toFrancisco Pancho Villa a man he greatly admired Upon the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1911 against the Mexican dictator Porfirio Diaz Villaoffered his services to the rebel leader Francisco I Madero During Maderos administration he served under theMexican general Victoriano Huerta who sentenced him to death for insubordination With his victories attractingattention in the United States Villa escaped to the United States President Woodrow Wilsons military advisorGeneral Scott argued that the US should support Pancho Villa because he would become the GeorgeWashington of Mexico In August of 1914 General Pershing met Villa for the
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