What were Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa doing in Mexico?

Dan Kappes

Sep 26, 2018
Apple Valley, Minnesota, United States
In the 1996 Titanic TV-miniseries, Emiliano Zapata is briefly mentioned when the first class passengers in the dining room are talking about current chaotic events in Mexico.

I have heard of this famous Mexican revolutionary of the 1910s and another man called Pancho Villa, but I don't know much about them.

Can someone give me a summary of what these men were doing in Mexico that caused a lot of chaos?
Nov 14, 2005
They were eagerly awaiting supplies for the revolution that were on Titanic.
Most people don’t know that back in 1912, Hellmann’s mayonnaise was manufactured in England. In fact, the Titanic was carrying 12,000 jars of the condiment scheduled for delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico, which was to be the next port of call for the great ship after its stop in New York.This would have been the largest single shipment of mayonnaise ever delivered to Mexico. But as we know, the great ship did not make it to New York. The ship hit an iceberg and sank, and the cargo was forever lost.The people of Mexico, who were crazy about mayonnaise, and were eagerly awaiting its delivery, were disconsolate at the loss. Their anguish was so great, that they declared a National Day of Mourning, which they still observe to this day.The National Day of Mourning occurs each year on May 5th and is known, of course, as Sinko de Mayo.

Dave Gittins

Apr 11, 2001
The story of Zapata is covered in eye-watering detail in Wikipedia. It's tale of changing sides and a final devious plot to kill him. You are welcome to try to understand it!