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The Borderlands: 1880 - 1940 The time of change in the region called the "borderlands" occurred during the period between 1880 and 1940. The region became urbanized and ended its years of isolation from the rest of the world. In the past the region's economy was based on ranching and farming. As the region became more urbanized the economy changed. The economy did not change equally between the United States and Mexico, the United States' side of the border boomed while Mexico's side did not. The cities that did prosper in region were based on the actions of the United States. Actions that affected the cities in Mexico were Prohibition and the Great depression. Events in the United States were not the only economic factor to affect the region. The Mexican Revolution had great social and economic influence to the region. On November 10 1910, the Mexican Revolution began and did not end until President Diaz was overthrown. The United States and its border towns were heavily involved in the conflict. The fighting was mainly in the north and they need supplies. The majority of the weapons and supplies for the Revolution were brought in the United States. ...read more.


Before Prohibition, the bars in the Mexican border towns main clientele was U.S. soldiers, after Prohibition everybody from the United States visited the bars. The two cities that benefited the most from Prohibition were Cuidad Juarez and Tujauna. In Cuidad Juarez there were 72 bars and 11 liquor distilleries catering mostly to Americans. El Paso, across the border from Cuidad Juarez, becomes the largest convention centre in the United States. Many conventions were held in El Paso because of its location along the border. The convention meetings would be held in hotels and convention centres on the U.S. side, and after hours entertainment would move across the border to Cuidad Juarez. Although the towns along the border boomed from the adult tourism, very few Mexican citizens benefited. Most of the bars located in the Mexican cities were owned by U.S. citizens. Mexican citizens did work in these establishments, but were paid a very lowly wage. The money spent by the visiting Americans eventually went back to the United States in the pockets of the bar owners. The distilleries that supplied the bars were no different then the bars in terms of ownership. With prohibition, many liquor distilleries moved their plant across the border and remained in business. ...read more.


The Mexican Revolution had closed the border to trade from both sides. The Mexican and U.S. government had tried to stop the flow of weapons and supplies to the Revolution and failed. What the border closures did accomplish is shut down all legal trading in the region. The next example of the regions economic ties with the United States is with Prohibition. Prohibition turned quiet, sleepy border towns into boom towns. People in the United States would travel across the border of drink alcohol, which was illegal in the United States. During this time both sides of the border benefited from Prohibition, but this ended with Prohibition. The last example was Mexico's dependence on the United States is the Great Depression. The Great Depression was a result of the crash of the U.S. stock market and crop failures in the U.S. Midwest. The Great Depression had reversed migration patterns and sharply reduced tourism into Mexico. With these three examples one can easily see how Northern Mexico's dependence on the United States. Events in the United States greatly affect the region's economy. Actions by Mexico also had an effect on the region, but not as greatly as the actions of the United States. The reason for this is due to the fact the region's dependence of U.S. consumers. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jennifer Sanders 2/10/07 ...read more.

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