Porfirio Diaz's Contributions Towards Mexico's Material Prosperity

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Porfirio Diaz contributions towards his country’s material prosperity pulled Mexico out of it stagnate position, and in this prosperity one of the greatest factors was the rapid development of the Mexican railroad transportation facilities. Through Diaz’s progression not even his biggest enemies could deny the success that quickly followed his movement. When Diaz first took office there was only two small lines of rails, and through this progress, Mexico expanded over nineteen thousand miles of rails. As a result of Diaz’s success, railroads promoted both growth and underdevelopment, which secured Mexico as a state.
Before the coming of the railroad, dirt trails and highways, which were built by the early Spaniards, were the main form of transport for the modern Mexican. Both forms of transport, which have proven not only to be timely, but also costly, formed obstacles in the way of development and expanding the great resources within the country. According to Railroads of Mexico, “mulls and wagons traveled an average of fifteen to eighteen miles per day” (Powell, 94). For this inefficient and timely reason, Mexico was stuck in a stagnant position, until the arrival of the railroads. How was Mexico supposed to grow economically, politically, and industrially when the entire country is operating in slow motion?
Subsequently, Mexican transport by any means was not accompanied by comfort and pleasure. The retched highways of Mexico were a factor that most Mexicans tried to avoid, for one main reason; the natural causes of deterioration of Mexico’s highways made for an uncomfortable long ride. One early traveler of Mexico explains, “I have traveled on rough roads in my time, but such a road as this never” (Powell, 97). Experiences such as this may be why many were geared towards backpacking. From prehistoric days down, the human back was the corner-stone of commerce (Powell 94). With trade being such a primitive aspect to the Mexican economical society, it was not rare to see 60,000 packed mulls full of luxury for trade. Furthermore, many men filled their packs with hundreds of pounds of goods and would individually walk to their destination. Through this painful burden, Mexico packers managed to carry nearly $20,000 from Vera Cruz to the Capital per year. While this may have been the purgative of many, most men during this era would be noticed riding upon the backs of animals or wagons cruising the unfavorable dirt roads .
Transport in Mexico kept their nation at a stand still, yet, when Porfirio Diaz took office in 1876 forcing Lerdo De Tajada out, he drafted the “Original Diaz Policy” which was contradictory to the early predecessor Tajada and influenced by foreign interests to expand railroads for the growth of Mexico. The Original Diaz policy was the center focus of his first term, resulting in massive railroad developmental success… “Something Diaz’s biggest enemies had to even respect” (Hardy, 1).
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