Searching through his great-grandfather's belongings a San Antonio man finds Mexican currency and suspects that his family printing firm had a link to revolutionary leaders Zapata and Pancho Villa.
1910: Frustration due to President Porfirio Diaz's economic policies boils over and the Mexican Revolution begins. Legend has it that during the course of the revolution, millions of pesos were being printed in Texas in a covert operation run by a shady group of rebels. The money was smuggled by moonlight across the Rio Grande and into the hands of the revolutionaries.
Did our contributor's money play a part in the Mexican Revolution?
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