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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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The Foundations of a Business Empire

The Foundations of a Business Empire

The Gran Canal in Mexico, 1889–1900

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(p.61) Chapter Three The Foundations of a Business Empire
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British Lions and Mexican Eagles
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804774451.003.0004

This chapter examines the first contract of Weetman Pearson in Mexico which was the construction of a drainage canal in Mexico City. It suggests that the Gran Canal project was one of the most important public works projects in nineteenth-century Mexico and was vital to Pearson's subsequent success. This chapter also discusses the difficulties experienced by Pearson in completing the project.

Keywords:   Weetman Pearson, Mexico, Gran Canal, drainage canal, Mexico City, public works

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