- Title Pages
- The American Passage to Mexico
- Introduction Imperial Ambition
- 1 Arms and Capital
- 2 Rival Concessionaires
- 3 Ubiquitous Financiers
- 4 Building the Railroads
- 5 Silver, Copper, Gold, and Oil
- 6 Absentee Landlords
- 7 Resident American Elite
- 8 Boomers, Sooners, and Settlers
- 9 Mexico for the Mexicans
- 10 Interventions and Firestorms
- 11 Crisis in the New Regime
- 12 Nationalization of Land and Industry
- 13 Cooperation and Accommodation
- 14 Return of the American Financiers
- 15 Mexico in the New World Order
- Conclusion Imperial America
- Appendix 1 Partial List of American Landholdings and Ownership in Mexico, 100,000 Acres and More, 1910–1913
- Appendix 2 Partial List of American Properties of More Than 100,000 Acres or of Special Significance, Derived via Government Portions of Land Surveys or from the Land Survey Companies, 1876–1910
- Appendix 3 American Banking Syndicates Formed to Render Financial Support to Britain and Her Allies during World War I, September 1914–April 1917
- Notes on Archival Sources
- (p.46) 2 Rival Concessionaires
- Empire and Revolution
JOHN MASON HART
- University of California Press
This chapter discusses issues concerning the emergence of rivalry in land concessions in Mexico. It explains that when the American financiers, railroad men, and politicians entered Mexico they became enmeshed in land disputes and class hostilities that pre-dated their arrival. It highlights the participation of American military, political, and business leaders in overthrowing the government of Sebastian Lerdo by charging him of corruption and by supporting Porfirio Díaz. This was the first engagement in which the American elite mustered itself against a duly constituted, elected, and internationally recognized government in what is now called the developing world.
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