We Die For God- Cristero Revolution Part 7

The Uprising Rekindled

With the rebellion again in full swing, the Liga Defensora decided that the scattered Cristero forces needed coordination and military discipline. They turned thus to a retired general, Enrique Gorostieta Velarde, to take on overall command of the rebellion. Gorostieta however did not embrace the aims of the Cristeros. The mercenary general (he demanded twice the salary of a federal general) was a Liberal and a Freemason and mocked the religion for which the Cristeros died. But Gorostieta opposed Calles. His dream, it seems was to establish a truly Liberal republic that enforced separation of Church and state but did not interfere with religious belief or practice.


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We Die For God- Cristero Revolution Part 6

Revolution and Counter-revolution
Struggle of Rival Factions

The government that replaced Carranza in 1920 was able to bring some peace to Mexico. Pancho Villa was bought off by the gift of a hacienda in Durango. The zapatistas laid down their arms when the government assured them they could keep whatever lands they had taken in Morelos. President Obregón, unlike Carranza, seemed a friend to labor and radical agrarian aspirations – so much so that disgruntled businessmen in the United States soon were complaining that the president of Mexico was a “Bolshevist.”


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