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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 Unravelling of Empire

The Unravelling of Empire

Civil War and World War, 1914–19

(p.201) Chapter Seven The Unravelling of Empire
British Lions and Mexican Eagles
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This chapter examines the impact of World War 1 on Viscount Cowdray's business interests in Mexico. It describes the events which led Cowdray to withdraw from the direct management of the Tehuantepec Railway and to sell the controlling interest in El Aguila to the Shell Group in May 1919. It also discusses why the oil fields managed to retain an important degree of immunity from the bitter civil war which raged throughout Mexico between 1914 and 1920.

Keywords:   Viscount Cowdray, business interests, Mexico, World War 1, Tehuantepec Railway, El Aguila, Shell Group, oil fields, civil war

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