What Caused the Mexican Revolution?

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The Mexican Revolution was caused by the policies of Dictator Porfirio Díaz Mori. The primary cause was several land laws passed by Mori that made it illegal for Mexican nationals to own land without a formal legal title. In addition, Mori allocated a large amount of Mexican land to other countries, including the United States. These laws had a severe effect on farming communities and led to widespread poverty,

The Mexican Revolution began in 1910 and lasted for several years. During Mori's reign, over 900,000 Mexicans lost their lives due to conflict and violence carried out against citizens who did not support Mori. Mori also often utilized intimidation tactics to gain supporters, especially after the revolution started.

Mori was eventually removed from power in 1914 by Francisco Madero, who was only in power for a short amount of time before being replaced by General Victoriano Huerta. One week after assuming power, Huerta had Madero assassinated. This succession of leaders did not greatly improve the lives of Mexican citizens as Huerta was a dictator and had policies similar to Mori.

The Mexican Revolution ultimately ended with the drafting of the Constitution of Mexico in 1917. The Constitution gave much-needed rights to urban laborers and the farming community.