A Lack of Nationalism
Whether loved or hated, it is clear that Emiliano Zapata was a prominent figure and leader during the early 20th Century Mexican Revolution. A Morelian peasant at heart, Zapata fought against the Mexican regime and hacendados in order to procure his state and its campesinos the land they once had farmed and owned. From the beginning, Zapata made it clear that he did not intend to fight for personal gain as he himself hated being in the limelight and preferred leading a quiet life. Zapata fought for his people and had no intention of making the Federal District his home, in fact he despised the city and the people that lived and did business there. Although quite successful at the local and regional level, Zapata found it hard to introduce his social and economic reforms at the national level. Although facing a strong opponent, Zapata’s troop’s behavior coupled with Zapata’s own lack of education and allies as well as a few flaws along the way may have caused Zapata’s lack of influence at the national level. Due to Zapata’s lack of education and political background he had to rely on his intellectuals and advisors for many of his military and political actions and decisions. Zapata did not enjoy national politics and ensured that he was kept informed about the ongoing without having to constantly be in the country’s capital. For this job, Zapata hired people like Palafox which in the end may have hurt Zapata as men like Palafox were greatly interested in climbing to the top and perhaps bending a few rules to do so. Palafox ended up offering his aid to Carranza in 1917in exchange for exile. After fleeing from Zapata in 1918 after having been forgiven, Palafox once again betrayed Zapata by circulating information that the leader from Morelos was corrupt and as well as other false accusations. Zapata, unable to trust himself with regards to national politics relied too heavily on his advisors instead of securing...
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