Young Guns South of the Border

Courtesy Library of Congress

Six decades after the California Gold Rush, adventurous young men from around the world were still flooding the West seeking fame, fortune and, for many, a good fight. With most of the West settled and fenced in 1910, the Mexican Revolution’s charismatic leader Pancho Villa offered hot-blooded, well-armed young men the ultimate adventure: a chance to prove their mettle in battle as paid mercenaries in Villa’s American Legion of Honor.

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