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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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Absentee Landlords

Absentee Landlords

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Empire and Revolution


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This chapter focuses on the American absentee landlords in Mexico. Inexpensive land, cheap labor, and valuable products caused wealthy and powerful Americans seeking profit to rush in and buy up properties. From the 1870s to the 1890s the Mexican peasantry lost most of its land, largely to Mexican real estate investors, but with a significant level of American participation. This acquisition of rural land displaced campesinos and the great landholdings created by American capitalists alienated large parts of the Mexican public in the process.

Keywords:   absentee landlords, American capitalists, Mexico, Mexican peasantry, rural land, campesinos, Mexican public

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