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Felipe Carrillo Puerto

Personal data
Date of birthNovember 8, 1872
Place of birthMotul, Yucatán
Date of deathJanuary 3, 1924(age 51)
Place of deathMérida, Yucatán
Political partySocialist Party of the Southeast
SpouseIsabel Palma (wife);
Alma Reed (fiancée)
Professionnewspaper owner, El Heraldo (in Motul)
Governor of Yucatán
In office1922 - 1924
Succeeded byJuan Ricardez Broca
Preceded byManuel Berzunza

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Felipe Carrillo Puerto (November 8, 1872 - January 3, 1924) was a Governor of the Mexican state of Yucatán. He was born in the town of Motul, Yucatán, and was of partly indigenous Mayan background; he was rumored to be a descendant of the Nachi Cocom dynasty of Mayapan. He was a socialist who favored land reform, women's suffrage, and rights for the indigenous Mayan people. He had a romance with a United States journalist, Alma Reed of San Francisco, California, which was commemorated in the song "Peregrina". Carrillo Puerto died by assassination in January 1924.

Felipe Carrillo Puerto was called the Red Dragon with the Eyes of Jade by his enemies and the Apostle of the Indians by those who loved him. He was one of 14 children, 13 of whom lived to adulthood. All but one of the Carrillo Puerto siblings worked to better the lives of the Mayan people. When Felipe was killed, three of his brothers, Wilfrido, Benjamin, and Edesio, were killed with him, as well as eight of their friends.

The movie Peregrina regarding his life was made in 1974 starring Antonio Aguilar.

The towns of Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Quintana Roo, and Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Oaxaca, were named in his honor.

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