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Empire and RevolutionThe Americans in Mexico since the Civil War$
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John Mason Hart

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520223240

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520223240.001.0001

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Arms and Capital

Arms and Capital

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Empire and Revolution


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This chapter examines the history of the Americans' entry into Mexico. The American entry into Mexico was prompted by the growing economic strength, technological sophistication, and population of the U.S. combined with a political need to create a national ideology that stressed freedom and non-intervention by European nations in the affairs of the American Republics. The Americans and Mexicans interacted in a manner unprecedented for peoples not in a formalized colonial relationship. This interaction was prompted by local commerce and industry, the sharing of food, music, and clothing, and the merging of families through marriage, became extensive and profound.

Keywords:   Americans, Mexico, economic strength, technological sophistication, population growth, U.S., national ideology, commerce, industry, marriage

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