Today marks the 105th anniversary of the start of the Mexican Revolution. A turning point in Mexican history, the Revolution has been the subject of endless discussions and the source of inspiration for a gigantic amount of stories in Mexican art. Beginning with the intention of overthrowing the 30-year dictatorship of Porfirio Díaz, the Revolution summarised the ideals of all those who opposed an independent Mexico being ruled under the old ways of the Spanish colonies.
Key historical figures in this period were Francisco I. Madero, who called for “effective suffrages and no re-election”; Emiliano Zapata, who fought for “land and liberty”; Francisco “Pancho” Villa, “the Northern Centaur”; and many others, all of whom deeply impacted the Mexican people and contributed to shape society as we know it today. Remarkably, Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes constantly found inspiration for his work in the Mexican Revolution and its consequences.