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Feeling his age made him unfit to reenter politics, the general decided against becoming a candidate. Instead, he suggested that one of his sons could take his place. Patricio Leyva was then chosen, and after some hesitation, a result of the organizers’ concerns over how Díaz would react, the Leyvistas held a convention on January 7, 1909, in Cuernavaca, Morelos’s capital, and officially nominated Patricio. The election would be held a month later on February 7. Zapata would not have been involved in the politicking that was taking place in Cuernavaca.

His influence, however, remained. The treaty with Madero had made Francisco León de la Barra, “the nation’s premier diplomat”16 and a man not merely well adapted to the political culture developed by Díaz but a supporter of it, the interim president. ”17 Madero’s respect for continuity would soon create difficulties for Zapata, even though in the immediate aftermath of the Cuautla victory, he found himself gaining prominence. He had gained national attention, which he may have hoped could be used to push Madero to carry out the agrarian reforms that had been discussed in the Plan de San Luis Potosí.

9 These were young recruits who would saunter near enemy positions as if playing and then toss “[b]ombs made out of dynamite-filled tin cans”10 through an opening. The explosions provided a signal for Zapata’s horsemen to charge, the damage from the bombs giving them a greater chance to kill any of the enemy who remained alive. Harry H. Dunn describes such an attack in the following terms: Seven small boys, fourteen or fifteen years old, loitered in the plaza, Chasing each other, they crossed the little park, and began playing in the wide street in front of the barracks.

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