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DISTANT NEIGHBORS:  The U.S. and the Mexican Revolution

The Reyes Rebellion

“Defensa que por si mismo produce al C. general de división Bernardo Reyes”

Just as Francisco Madero became President of Mexico and at about the same time that the Zapatistas were rebelling in the South, General Bernardo Reyes, former governor of Nuevo León, began another movement in the North.  He had been considered a possible Presidential candidate should Díaz step down, but that did not occur.  Instead, in order to avert a possible Reyes candidacy, Díaz exiled him first to Europe and then to the United States.

Reyes crossed into Mexico in late 1911 and declared himself in revolt against Madero.  While Madero feared strong military support for Reyes, his concern proved unfounded as Reyes evoked little enthusiasm.  Mexicans believed him to be representative of and part of the old regime, and rejected him as such.  He quickly surrendered to some federal troops and was imprisoned first in Monterrey, Nuevo León and then in Mexico City where he would meet Felix Díaz, the former president’s nephew.

The two revolted again in February 1913, when Reyes was killed.

This is his defense to the charge of his first rebellion against the state.

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Illustration of the cover of the Defensa que por si mismo produce al C. general de división Bernardo Reyes
Call Number F1234 .R443, General Collections, Library of Congress


“Defensa que por sí mismo produce el C. General de División Bernardo Reyes” 

Al momento en que Madero llegaba a la Presidencia y que los Zapatistas se sublevaban al sur del país, el ex gobernador de Nuevo León, General Bernardo Reyes, iniciaba su movimiento armado al norte del país. Cercano al círculo de poder del ex presidente Díaz, se le consideraba un posible candidato para la sucesión presidencial en el caso en que este ultimo decidiera retirarse. Díaz rápidamente freno las aspiraciones reyistas, exilándolo primero a Europa y posteriormente a los Estados Unidos.

En 1911, Reyes cruzo hacia México y se declaro en revuelta contra Madero. Este último temía que Reyes lograra un amplio apoyo militar. Sin embargo, sus temores probaron ser infundados ya que Reyes gozaba de escaso apoyo ya que los mexicanos tendían a identificar al octogenario Reyes como parte del antiguo régimen porfirista. Al poco tiempo se rindió y fue encarcelado en Monterrey y en la ciudad de México donde habría de conocer a Félix Díaz, sobrino del ex presidente. Ambos se sublevaron en 1913 resultando en la muerte del General Reyes (Decena Trágica).

Este documento contiene la defensa de Reyes durante su juicio por rebelión.

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