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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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Building the Railroads

Building the Railroads

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Empire and Revolution


University of California Press

This chapter focuses on the construction of railroads by Americans in Mexico during the administration of Porfirio Díaz. In 1876, Díaz launched an ambitious program of reform and to encourage foreign investments he reduced the chances of insurgency. For the Americans he constructed network of roads and approved railroad concessions that ultimately totalled 8,200,000 acres in rights-of-way and operational zones. The growth of foreign investment and the introduction of modern communications spurred popularity for the Díaz regime during the mid and late 1880s, but the period of optimism proved fleeting after the American railroads failed to prolong prosperity.

Keywords:   railroads, Mexico, Americans, Porfirio Díaz, foreign investments, roads, railroad concessions, modern communications

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