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British Lions and Mexican Eagles. Business, Politics, and by Paul Garner

By Paul Garner

Among 1889 and 1919, Weetman Pearson turned one of many world's most vital engineering contractors, a pioneer within the foreign oil undefined, and considered one of Britain's wealthiest males. on the heart of his international company empire have been his pursuits in Mexico.While Pearson's outstanding good fortune in Mexico came about in the context of unparalleled degrees of British exchange with and funding in Latin the USA, Garner argues that Pearson could be understood much less as an agent of British imperialism than as an agent of Porfirian country construction and modernization. Pearson was once capable of safe contracts for a few of nineteenth-century Mexico's most crucial public works initiatives largely due to his reliability, his empathy with the developmentalist undertaking of Mexican President Porfirio Díaz, and his assiduous cultivation of a clientelist community in the Mexican political elite. His luck hence offers a chance to reappraise the position performed by means of in another country pursuits within the nationwide improvement of Mexico.

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Weetman Pearson in Historical and Historiographical Context 19 british- mexican relations in the nineteenth century It is possible to identify three phases in the evolution of British presence in Mexico from independence (in 1821) to 1889, the year in which Pearson embarked upon his first Mexican venture. The first (1821–c. 1850) corresponds to the period of frenzied speculation and “bubble-mania” in the 1820s which followed, and was intimately related to the extension of British diplomatic recognition masterminded by Foreign Secretary George Canning in 1823.

One of the most distinctive and dynamic sectors of the British economy which flourished in the Victorian era was that of construction and engineering, most clearly manifest in the transport revolution and the dramatic extension of Britain’s domestic infrastructure of public works, railways, shipbuilding, and ports. Within the construction industry in Britain, competition was always fierce, but the business opportunities opened up by the planning and execution of large-scale public works and engineering projects were unparalleled.

Because) . . they should derive very great moral support from the mere fact of the existence of friendly political relations and of active commercial and other intercourse with the great nations of Europe. 50 26 Chapter One The strategy of diversifying the sources of foreign capital and investment and therefore creating rivalries between competing overseas interests (whether in mining, industry, or, as will be explained in subsequent chapters, in the emerging oil business) between the “Great Powers” was also central to the Díaz government’s policy of protecting national sovereignty.

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