Harper's New Monthly Magazine,  8 (1884), 747–58.

The Gateway of the Sierra Madre

Frank R Brown


Essay, Travelogue


Railways, Internationalism, Imperialism

    Announces that the '16th of September last, the anniversary of Mexican independence, was celebrated at Monterey by the formal opening of railway communication with the United States: for the first time in their history the two republics, through their representative cities, were united by bands of steel'. While the 'central and more settled portions of Mexico have for some time enjoyed a limited railroad system, constructed by English and native capital', railway lines were not, until now, constructed in the 'vast regions to the north, comprising more than two-thirds of the country', largely because of the 'suspicion and distrust of American aggrandizement, inherent in the heart of every Mexican'. (747) Gives details of places 'strange and foreign to American eyes' which are now 'Brought by the new railroad within a few hours' travel of the United States' (749).

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