IX FRANCISCO MADERO

FRANCISCO MADERO, idealist who precipitated the revolution of 1910, was a northerner, son of a wealthy rancher and industrialist of Coahuila. He was a small man, whose fine, domed head barely reached above the saddle of his horse. But his eyes burned with the conviction that political democracy could come true in Mexico and could solve all its other problems. Francisco left no children, but his extensive family reveres and loves him as Panchito, the diminutive for Francisco. The Madero family, still active and important in many parts of the country, is typical of old-style Mexico in its unity and its loyalties. Panchito's niece, Chita Madero de Heyn, giggled as she said: "You should see the Madero family when we get together; more than six hundred may gather for a family saint's day or a reunion at Parras. Once I asked an old uncle how many grandchildren he had, and he said: 'I heard there were two hundred and five, but I haven't got today's report yet.'"

Francisco was born at Parras, Coahuila, just off the highway between Torreón and Saltillo. Turning off the highway at Paila, I was at once in another, gentler world enfolded in friendly hills that at sunset were shading from golden-beige through amethyst to purple--the colors of the fine wines the valley is famous for. The valley was named Parras (vineyard) by a Jesuit who there made sacrificial wine from wild grapes. In Mexico even the winepresses claim missionary origin. Driving driftingly into that gracious dusk, I met boys lingering along with milch cows and a bunch of sheep being settled for the night. Doves

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  • II- Chihuahua 17
  • III- Tarahumara and the Barrancas de Cobre 26
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  • V- Crossing the Sierra Occidental 47
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  • XII- Yucatán 111
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  • XV- Chiapas and the Indian Problem 139
  • Part Four- Conquest from the Gulf 149
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  • BOOKS RECOMMENDED FOR FURTHER READING IN ENGLISH 337
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