Pancho Villa was a leader of the populist Mexican Revolution. As a leader in the Mexican military, he had joined with Venustiano Carranza to oppose the government takeover by Victoriano Huerta, and became governor of the state of Chihuahua in 1914, and was seen as an American ally. Villa later rebelled against Carranza and his general Obregón. US President Woodrow Wilson supported Carranza, and cut off US support for Villa's troops.
In March 1916, Pancho Villa and his band raided the American border town of Columbus, New Mexico at dawn on horseback, where Indiana Jones and his cousin Frank had just arrived. Indiana pursued the raiders, attempting to recover some stolen dresses from one of Villa's men. However, Jones was captured and brought before a firing squad, along with several other prisoners.
Villa returned to his men and discovered the firing squad and forced his men to stop. Jones was spared, and joined the cause, meeting Remy Baudouin and José González. Villa led several other raids in which Jones participated, including a raid on the ranch of William Randolph Hearst, and a bold attack on Ciudad Guerrero. Villa's raids into American territory drew the reprisal of American troops commanded by John J. Pershing, and one of Villa's top men, Julio Cárdenas was killed by George Patton.
While Jones first enjoyed the adventures of being a revolutionary, he soon changed his mind after the death of José González, and learning the Mexican peasantry's attitude on power changes. Jones and Baudouin slipped out of Villa's army, aware that Villa's fight was not their own.
Behind the scenesEdit
Pancho Villa was played by Mike Moroff in Young Indiana Jones and the Curse of the Jackal. Moroff's grandfather actually rode with Pancho Villa's gang in the Mexican Revolution and Moroff's aunt received love letters from Villa himself which the actor eventually inherited.
- The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles – "Young Indiana Jones and the Curse of the Jackal" (First appearance) → Spring Break Adventure
- South of the Border
- The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles game
- Mexico, March 1916 comic
- Indiana Jones: Thunder in the Orient (Flashback)
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Mentioned only)
- Who Are Those Guys? (Non-fiction source)