What brought Pancho Villa to the United States and When?

The Mexican rebel leader Pancho Villa came to the United States in 1916, but only for a short and bloody visit.

In March 1916, angered at U.S. interference in the Mexican Revolution, Villa and his guerrillas crossed the border into New Mexico and killed sixteen people in the town of Columbus. President Woodrow Wilson responded by sending General John “Black Jack” Pershing and six thousand troops to capture Villa.

Pershing crossed into Mexico and clashed with Mexican soldiers, but he never got his man.

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