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Absentee Landlords

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/9780520223240.003.0007
Absentee Landlords

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This chapter focuses on the American absentee landlords in Mexico. Inexpensive land, cheap labor, and valuable products caused wealthy and powerful Americans seeking profit to rush in and buy up properties. From the 1870s to the 1890s the Mexican peasantry lost most of its land, largely to Mexican real estate investors, but with a significant level of American participation. This acquisition of rural land displaced campesinos and the great landholdings created by American capitalists alienated large parts of the Mexican public in the process.

Keywords: absentee landlords; American capitalists; Mexico; Mexican peasantry; rural land; campesinos; Mexican public

Chapter.  14509 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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