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British Lions and Mexican EaglesBusiness, Politics, and Empire in the Career of Weetman Pearson in Mexico, 1889–1919$
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Paul Garner

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804774451

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804774451.001.0001

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Weetman Pearson in Historical and Historiographical Context

Weetman Pearson in Historical and Historiographical Context

British-Mexican Relations, Informal Empire, Mexican National Development, and the Rise of Global Business in the Late Nineteenth Century

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(p.6) Chapter One Weetman Pearson in Historical and Historiographical Context
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British Lions and Mexican Eagles
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804774451.003.0002

This chapter examines the historical and historiographical context of Weetman Pearson's arrival in Mexico from the perspective of British-Mexican relations in the nineteenth century. It explains that Pearson was able to take advantage of the opportunities made available to British businessmen by the reestablishment of British–Mexican diplomatic relations in 1884 and the settlement of outstanding debts to British bondholders in 1886. This chapter also highlights the role of the Mexican political elite in the process of state- and nation-building and in harnessing overseas capital, technology, and expertise.

Keywords:   Weetman Pearson, Mexico, British–Mexican relations, British bondholders, political elite, nation-building, overseas capital

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