Political map of North America & the Caribbean on 11 Apr 1916 (American Empire: Pancho Villa Expedition), showing the following events: Villa & Zapata take Mexico City; Villa & Zapata expelled from Mexico City; Sinking of the RMS Lusitania; US occupies Haiti; Villa raids New Mexico; US Mexican Expedition.

Pancho Villa Expedition

American Empire

North America 1916.0411

Pancho Villa Expedition

The Spanish-American War, the Banana Wars, the Mexican Revolution, World War I and the Great Depression (11 April 1916)

Historical Map of North America & the Caribbean

The coalition that had deposed Huerta collapsed soon after taking Mexico City. A year of fighting followed, in which the once powerful general "Pancho" Villa was defeated and reduced to fighting a guerrilla campaign in the north. In 1916, he crossed the border and raided New Mexico. In response, the US sent a punitive expedition south under General Pershing in an ultimately futile and unpopular effort to hunt Villa down.

Main Events

Villa & Zapata take Mexico City

Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata move into Mexico City

Villa & Zapata expelled from Mexico City

Venustiano Carranza's forces defeat Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata in protracted fighting over Mexico City

Sinking of the RMS Lusitania

US occupies Haiti

US Marines land at Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to safeguard US interests

Villa raids New Mexico

Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa attacks Columbus, New Mexico

US Mexican Expedition

United States Army under General Pershing conducts Punitive Expedition into northern Mexico in attempt to capture Pancho Villa.

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