Pancho Villa was a Mexican revolutionary leader who advocated on behalf of the poor and wanted agrarian reform. Born Doroteo Arango in San Juan del Río, Durango, in 1877, was the man most of the world knew as Pancho Villa. During his lifetime, he was a killer, killing his first man at age sixteen, a notorious bandit, stealing cattle and robbing banks, a general commanding a division in the resistance against the 1913-1914 Victoriano Huerta dictatorship, and despite his bloodthirsty nature, an enduring hero to the poor people of Mexico. His leadership brought him great recognition in Mexico because he was a leader of the people. He supported the people all through his life. Villa influentially advanced the Mexican Revolution with his strong leadership, advancing the North quickly and efficiently through many battles and because of his bravery, he is remembered today as a hero.
In Mexico during the late 19th century, the rich were becoming richer by taking advantage of the lower classes, often treating them like slaves.
When Villa was 15, his father died, so Villa began to work as a sharecropper to help support his mother and four siblings. He grew up in a poor family and worked hard for them. One day in 1894, Villa came home from the fields to find that the owner of the hacienda intended to have his way with Villa's 12-year old sister. Villa, only 16-years old, grabbed a pistol, shot the owner of the hacienda, and took off to the mountains. This event transformed Villa into a law-fighting hero. It directly affected his future leadership qualities. He had to learn to be a strong leader at a young age. He knew how it felt to kill a man, and he could do it again later in his life.