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THE AMERICAN INVASION OF 1914 THROUGH THE CAMERA OF PONCIANO FLORES PÉREZ
Mexican photographers began recording views of the US fleet, the “Yankee squadron in Veracruz” at the port since April 21.
This action takes place in a context of civil war between the government of General Victoriano Huerta and the revolutionary armies, led by Venustiano Carranza, whose military action had the purpose of restoring the constitutional order .
Although the photographs alluding to the Revolution include illustrations , which could be considered an ornament or visual complement to “illustrate” an informative text of the time; Nowadays, photographs are considered important and historical documents , and are of great importance for the reconstruction of history, and are no longer a mere visual decoration of the text.
A visual tour of the intervention of the Americans in Mexico.
The interventionist policy of the United States in the internal affairs of Mexico goes back to the first years of the 19th century. Throughout this period there were diplomatic pressures, as well as the well-known war between both countries (between 1846 and 1848), which ended up delivering more than half of Mexican territory for the benefit of the United States.
During the Porfiriato (1877-1910) and the Revolution (1910-1921), the diplomatic pressure, imposition of economic and political interests , by the Americans was a constant in the relationship between both countries. In addition to the intervention of US troops on Mexican soil , what is perhaps the best-known episode of the bilateral relationship in this last stage, is precisely the North American intervention to the port of Veracruz in 1914.
In the Casasola Archive there are glass plates without a signature, but many of these images have the signature of photographer Ponciano Flores Pérez , who knows so little about him and his life, but who left us his prints on paper and glass plates . Here we present a visual historical tour by the invasion of the Americans to Mexico.