Ignacio Sepúlveda, an East Coast-educated scion of one of the leading Californio families of the ranchero class, successfully negotiated the transition of California to US statehood by associating with Southern Democrats to become a judge and state assemblyman. Later in life he relocated to Mexico City where he made a career of steering American capital to investment opportunities in the Mexico of Porfirio Díaz. His story is doubly significant as an account of the possibilities available to young Californios prior to 1880 and as perhaps the first study of how the influence brokering for American investors was conducted in the Porfiriato.

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