In the course of the following years Zapata in the south and Pancho
Villa in the north defeated many power mongers who tried to grip the
reins of power. Yet, despite many opportunities Zapata never took control
himself. "A strong people do not need a government" he once said. Zapata was
influenced by the manifesto drawn up by Ricardo Flores Magon (Mexico's
leading anarchist at the time who went on to die in an American prison). In
the manifesto issued by Zapata and signed by 35 officer in August 1914 he
wrote "It (the country) wishes to destroy with one stroke the relationships
of lord and serf, overseer and slave, which in the matter of agriculture are
the only ones ruling from Tamaulipas to Chiapas and from Sonora to Yucatan".
During the revolution the 'Zapatistas' destroyed public papers, deeds,
property transfers, titles and mortgages in the hope that the land would
return to the only true owners, the people. In 1919 Zapata was lured into an
ambush and killed.
("Red & Black Revolution", Oct. 1994, WSM publication)