- 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
Building the Railroads
Building the Railroads
- (p.106) 4 Building the Railroads
- Empire and Revolution
JOHN MASON HART
- 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.
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