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Archives International Auctions / AIA Sale 57 U.S., Chinese & WW Banknotes, Coins, Scripophily, Security Printing Ephemera & Historic - 13/02/2020 / Coins & Paper Money / Lot 546
International Company of Mexico, 1884 Proof Stock Certificate - Mexico, (Inc. in Connecticut), ND 1884 Proof Stock Certificate, Black text with gray border printed on thin card. VF condition with toning along right edge and a small 1/2 inch tear on middle of left border. Hosford & Sons, NY. George H. Sisson was a nineteenth-century American entrepreneur. He was born in Michigan, and was an early real estate developer in Chicago. He was a mining engineer in Arizona, and with his profits from that operation, purchased a large land concession in Baja California. On July 24, 1884, he and Luis Huller obtained a concession from the Mexican government for a tract of land in Baja California, extending between 29Á North and 32Á42' North, including Cedros Island. This was extended with additional purchases to 28Á North, which later was to become the border between Baja California and Baja California Sur. Land was also purchased northward to the United States border. In 1885, they formed the International Company of Mexico in Hartford, Connecticut, and George H. Sisson was named as general manager. Eventually, the Huller Estate covered over 13,325,650 acres of land, a representation of the vast neocolonial inequities in Mexican land distribution during the Porfiriato. The company was sold to the British Mexican Land and Colonization Company in 1888. Related lawsuits continued for years afterward. Very possibly unique as a proof.