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Resident American Elite

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/9780520223240.003.0008
Resident American Elite

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This chapter focuses on the resident American elite in Mexico. In the late 1890s and the early 1900s an impressive number of Americans bought great estates in Mexico and took up residence in them. The relatively low cost of land and houses allowed them to live in high style and to operate much larger businesses than that which would have been possible in the U.S. They were able establish colonies, ranches, farms, banks, mines, bars, brothels, and casinos. However, like their absentee and corporate counterparts, these new on-site landowning American capitalists exacerbated the tensions that had long existed in Mexican society over land seizures and labor practices.

Keywords: American elite; Mexico; resident landowners; land; U.S.; American capitalists; land seizures; labor practices

Chapter.  14976 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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