Monday, August 28, 2006

General Villa Rides Again!

This statue lives in a quiet little park across the street from La Placita and a block from the County Courthouse.

The sign on the base of the statue says it is "an equestrian statue of the Mexican revolutionary leader General Francisco Torres", presented to Arizona by the Republic of Mexico in 1981.

So I read the sign and thought "huh?" because it sounded like Pancho Villa who at the time he lived and even now is largely remembered in the US as a Mexican bandit who attacked Columbus, New Mexico (part of the US) in 1916.

So I went looking on the web and it was the same person and a remarkably larger than life individual he was. Depending on which website you look at, he was a brillant Mexican cavalry leader during the Mexican Revolution and a champion of the poor or he was a ruthless killer bandito, even a cattle rustler (which any Western movie will tell you makes him a real bad guy). See here and here for details.


Blogger Jazzy said...

Great statuette!

9:59 AM  
Blogger Louz said...

Thanks Jazzy!

2:44 AM  

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