Today in Texas History – October 18

From the Annals of the Border –  In 1915, Luis De la Rosa caused a train crash at Tandy’s Station near Brownsville.  De la Rosa was a revolutionary and follower of the Mexican anarchist Ricardo Flores Magón.  The crash was one in a series of several raids by members of  the Floresmagonista movement formed by De la Rosa and Aniceto Pizaña. De la Rosa was the driving force behind what was known among Mexicans as the “revolution of Mexicans in Texas.” De la Rosa’s actions were supposedly intended to correct injustices done to Hispanics on both sides of the Rio Grande. He also raised an army of 500 men whose raids and guerrilla fighting on the Mexican border of Texas were connected with the Plan of San Diego, an effort to establish an independent republic in the American Southwest.

Image of Ricardo Flores Magon from The Base.

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