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Arms and Capital

JOHN MASON HART

in Empire and Revolution

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780520223240
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939295 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520223240.003.0002
Arms and Capital

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This chapter examines the history of the Americans' entry into Mexico. The American entry into Mexico was prompted by the growing economic strength, technological sophistication, and population of the U.S. combined with a political need to create a national ideology that stressed freedom and non-intervention by European nations in the affairs of the American Republics. The Americans and Mexicans interacted in a manner unprecedented for peoples not in a formalized colonial relationship. This interaction was prompted by local commerce and industry, the sharing of food, music, and clothing, and the merging of families through marriage, became extensive and profound.

Keywords: Americans; Mexico; economic strength; technological sophistication; population growth; U.S.; national ideology; commerce; industry; marriage

Chapter.  15723 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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