Rival Concessionaires


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:
Rival Concessionaires

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This chapter discusses issues concerning the emergence of rivalry in land concessions in Mexico. It explains that when the American financiers, railroad men, and politicians entered Mexico they became enmeshed in land disputes and class hostilities that pre-dated their arrival. It highlights the participation of American military, political, and business leaders in overthrowing the government of Sebastian Lerdo by charging him of corruption and by supporting Porfirio Díaz. This was the first engagement in which the American elite mustered itself against a duly constituted, elected, and internationally recognized government in what is now called the developing world.

Keywords: land concessions; Mexico; American financiers; railroad men; politicians; land disputes; Sebastian Lerdo; Porfirio Díaz; developing world

Chapter.  10132 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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