ABSTRACT

Numerous campesinos resented the frequent disruptions to field work by the ever-increasing number of meetings: a few even asserted that they were more tied to the community than in the days of the hacienda. For the majority of campesino families the death of the patron in 1959 had brought few, if any, benefits. Several of the better educated young campesinos, whilst deprecating the general situation, felt they lacked the financial means and expertise to improve standards. By 1971, less than 20 years after the introduction of agrarian reform, very little tangible evidence of the hacienda system remained in the study region. The general consensus of opinion was that stock numbers had increased considerably in the post-reform period and that the quality, had greatly improved. The Huatajatan Baptist mission was working part of the original estate but under constant pressure from community elders to relinquish control of land in favour of resident campesinos. Elsewhere campesino farming dominated the landscape.