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Known as the Taft-Díaz meeting, the visit between William Howard Taft and Mexican President Porfirio Díaz on Oct. 16, 1909, marked the first official state visit paid by a US president to the country. The meeting took place against a backdrop of increasing US activism in Latin America as well as the launch of the Roosevelt’s Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine. Díaz was under strong social pressures, facing serious political upheavals led by Emiliano Zapata in the south and Francisco “Pancho” Villa in the north of the country. He hoped the meeting would show unconditional support from the U.S. Taft was mainly interested in protecting American companies’ investments in Mexico, which, by 1912 the American consul in Chihuahua calculated to be more than $1 trillion.
(Roosevelt Institute for American Studies)
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