Building the Railroads


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:
Building the Railroads

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This chapter focuses on the construction of railroads by Americans in Mexico during the administration of Porfirio Díaz. In 1876, Díaz launched an ambitious program of reform and to encourage foreign investments he reduced the chances of insurgency. For the Americans he constructed network of roads and approved railroad concessions that ultimately totalled 8,200,000 acres in rights-of-way and operational zones. The growth of foreign investment and the introduction of modern communications spurred popularity for the Díaz regime during the mid and late 1880s, but the period of optimism proved fleeting after the American railroads failed to prolong prosperity.

Keywords: railroads; Mexico; Americans; Porfirio Díaz; foreign investments; roads; railroad concessions; modern communications

Chapter.  10962 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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