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  n the second decade of the 21st century, the border between the United States and our neighbor to the south has been the subject of contentious debates and a great deal of angst. The concerns primarily involve the safety of American citizens and, in the eyes of some, an affront to our national sovereignty from the misdeeds of criminal elements crossing the border from Mexico. It may be surprising to some, but this issue also plagued our nation during the second decade of the 20th century as well. But 100 years ago, the lawlessness wasn't perpetuated by vicious drug cartels as is the case today. Rather, the problems were due to violence and unrest stemming from the ongoing Mexican Revolution. In 1913, the sitting government, headed by President Francisco Madero, was overthrown by factions loyal to Gen. Victoriano Huerta, who was extremely antagonistic toward the United States for its perceived support of the former government. Relations continued to deteriorate and reached a flashpoint in 1914 when nine unarmed American sailors were arrested and detained for allegedly entering a restricted area. Although the sailors were soon released unharmed, the United States was not placated and, on April 21, 1914, contingents of U.S. Marines and Navy "Bluejackets" landed and seized the port city of Vera Cruz. Heavy fighting resulted over the next few days, but eventually the United States forces prevailed and garrisoned the city until it was turned over to the control of three South American nations tasked with negotiating peace among the warring factions. Relations between the United States and the Mexican revolutionaries changed from antagonistic to toxic. The Huerta regime, which had seized power from the Madero government, was being challenged by elements of an uprising led by Venustiano Carranza. In order to bolster his power, Carranza joined forces with an infamous bandit, Francisco "Pancho" Villa. Villa used the pretext of political revolution as an excuse to increase his efforts to Banditry from Francisco "Pancho" Villa (above, circled) and his followers led to a U.S. Army "Punitive Expedition" into Mexico led by then Brig. Gen. John J. Pershing (r.). On the border, the .45 ACP "Model of 1911 U.S. Army" (l.) proved to be an excellent gun. AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG OCTOBER 2016 61 http://www.AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG

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