Villistas Massacre Americans in Prelude to Columbus Attack

In a prelude to his surprise attack on Columbus, New Mexico two months later, Pancho Villa and his men massacred 17 American mining engineers at Santa Ysabelin in Chihuahua on January 10, 1916. 

The citizens of El Paso were so outraged by the slaughter that the city had to be put under martial law.  But that paled in comparison to the reaction in Texas and throughout the country to Villa’s “invasion” of Columbus.  No longer did Americans see the colorful bandit as a Robin Hood in a sombrero

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