- 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.72) (p.73) 3 Ubiquitous Financiers
- Empire and Revolution
JOHN MASON HART
- University of California Press
This chapter examines the role of Americans as ubiquitous financiers in Mexico. Porfirio Díaz was determined to modernize what he believed was a poor and backward country and he viewed the Americans as essential to the task of creating a prosperous and growing nation. Aggressive American capitalists immediately began to move forward by making commitments in various sectors including banking, railroads, technology, resource exploitation, and land ownership in Mexico. These foreign investments made American-Mexican frontier profitable for explorers and traders.
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