Economic Impacts of Texas Mexican Railway

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Subject Area:History

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However, there are serious issues that have been occasioned by the construction of the railway line in the Rio Grande (Coatsworth, 940). As a result, a series of legal battles have been launched in an attempt to arrest the negative issues arising from the project. Before this, transportation had been a significant issue affecting the early settlers of Texas. Even as early as 1850, the settled areas were confined mainly to river bottoms of the South and East Texas, located on the bed of the Gulf of Coast. Even though speedboats were used for navigation along the lower stretches of rivers such as Rio Grande, Trinity, Brazos, and Texas, they were not as deep for any reliable and assured transport all year round.

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The construction railroads also ensured that there was an increased integration of markets, the convergence of both price and income and a general improvement of the economic factors in Mexico (Coatsworth, 952). One of the factors that this case finds interesting to capture in the study was the role played by Mexican women insofar as decision-making is concerned. The women got actively engaged in various features of land ownership and even the expansion of the railroad. Close to 23 percent of all cases touching on land had women as owners of the property. This made them qualify as litigants and traders of the land they owned. Despite all these, the rapid rail and trucking played the role of transporting cargo, especially things that could not be transported via trucks.

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Back to the railroad, Rio Grande Valley, and San Benito co-own and makes use of 64. 917 miles of the main rail track. The railroad, even if independently operated, is part of the system that does business under the trade banner of Gulf Lines. Notably, the introduction of the railroads brought about the commuter systems and formed part of the dynamic transit systems. The railroad construction also secured the services of such technocrats as mayordomos, paymasters, surveyors, the commissary personnel, and other service providers such as the cooks, the guards, and several grubbers. The wages of the workers were improved based on the individual efforts of the workers, plus other factors such as grade played a role in their determination (Van et al,.

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The skilled workers at the railroad construction such as the equipment operators had between $1. 25 and $1. 50 as their earnings in their daily package. The railroads also made it possible to have an expanded international commerce, having access to the Orient, particularly with the transportation of the agricultural products and raw materials (Van et al. Conclusion and Summary The Mexican Texas rail was also unique in the sense that it triggered the exportation of grains since the other options of shipping were not available. Privatization is intimated to be the most confident way of improving competitive positions of the Mexican Texas railroads and the trucks. The limited available data intimate that rail has had enormous impacts on the country and has had significant opportunity premised on the comparatively small shares of the product market and the ever-improving capacities.

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