A hacienda in those
days consisted of all the lands you could see in all directions from
the central residence. (In present times this central residence itself
has come to be referred to as a haciendanow typically a house
built around a patio which includes a well and a garden.) The hacienda
of Leticias family was extensive, including grazing lands and
many horses. These horses proved to be key to some battles.
In particular, the gift of a pair of fine quarter horses to Porfirio
Díaz plus some money saw him through a very trying campaign.
On occasion horses from his hacienda were used by Leticias grandfather
in his many campaigns in the Revolutionary War. This is the war in which
Pancho Villa became famous as a somewhat renegade Mexican general.