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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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Boomers, Sooners, and Settlers

Boomers, Sooners, and Settlers

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Empire and Revolution


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This chapter examines the increase in the number of American immigrants who entered Mexico as colonists and settlers during the late nineteenth century and the first decade of the twentieth century. The presence of American immigrants helped the economy prosper. However, the economic well-being of the Mexican masses, and the local and provincial elites as well, began to erode in the late 1890s. The growth of Mexico depended on the process of development and the importation of foreign capital. Thus, when the flow of foreign capital became erratic, when it was not directed toward needs dictated by changing economic conditions, or when it contradicted the expectations of the public, political instability started to arise.

Keywords:   American immigrants, Mexico, colonists, settlers, Mexican masses, economic well-being, foreign capital, political instability

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