Mexican Revolution

1018 Words May 7th, 2006 5 Pages
Assignment 1: Major Causes of the revolution in Mexico.
Based on John Tutino, From Insurrection to Revolution in Mexico

The Mexican Revolution (1910-1917) was caused by a variety of factors. It is impossible to place the blame on one single event or person because of the complexity of the Mexican people. One thing is for sure, if people are deprived of food and water, they will find a way to obtain enough to survive. History proves that in desperate times people will take matters into their own hands. When a countries leadership wavers, and conditions become poor enough that people are starving, they will respond negatively. It seems that any time the Mexicans lose the ability to grow their own maize they become discontent.
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Diaz had done well at expanding the economic system especially by producing a system of Mexican Railroads. He is also given credit with the economic growth in the Southern Regions. Mexican land owners were losing land for owing money. For example.
In Central Mexico, a heavily indebted Mariano Riva Palacio lost in 1870 the estates he had worked to acquire since the 1830 's, and that had provided the economic base at Chalco that underlay his political dominance of the state of Mexico for years.
Tutino also discussed how interaction with the French could also lead to loss of land. Large chunks of land were broken up under Diaz, in order to redistribute lands in order to yield more productive areas to generate commerce. Crop failures in 1907 were another cause; the people could not afford to import American Maize, and were unable to grow their own crops for subsistence. All of these separate but different events led to the people of Mexico revolting, and brought a significant amount of change to the landscape of Mexico ever since. In the southern areas were uprisings were held to a minimum, people were still able to feed themselves and their children. The Elite were still making money and able to afford the near slave labor wages by giving the workers who migrated advances on their pay in the off seasons, for a promise to go to work at a later date. This system was used in the North, but ultimately failed
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