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New Left Review I/17, Winter 1962

Rene Dumont

Mexico: The “Sabotage” of the Agrarian Reform

There are two Spains, one wet and one dry, and there are also two Mexicos: one very rainy, especially near the Gulf of Mexico and along the Pacific, in the cocoa-growing area of Soconusco. But the greater part of the country is dry—the whole of the central plateau, and the northern part of the coastal zones, particularly in the west—or even completely arid, an extension of the “living desert” of Arizona, stretching from Lower California to the north-central area and the famous Laguna of Torreon. Mexico also has a very rugged relief, with two great ranges along the coasts, the higher one near the Pacific, and a very high plateau. From this we would expect very diversified fanning, with crops ranging from equatorial to temperatezone products; but with relatively limited possibilities for such a vast country.

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