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Boomers, Sooners, and Settlers

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/9780520223240.003.0009
Boomers, Sooners, and Settlers

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This chapter examines the increase in the number of American immigrants who entered Mexico as colonists and settlers during the late nineteenth century and the first decade of the twentieth century. The presence of American immigrants helped the economy prosper. However, the economic well-being of the Mexican masses, and the local and provincial elites as well, began to erode in the late 1890s. The growth of Mexico depended on the process of development and the importation of foreign capital. Thus, when the flow of foreign capital became erratic, when it was not directed toward needs dictated by changing economic conditions, or when it contradicted the expectations of the public, political instability started to arise.

Keywords: American immigrants; Mexico; colonists; settlers; Mexican masses; economic well-being; foreign capital; political instability

Chapter.  13847 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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