Porfirio Díaz, who seized the presidency of Mexico in 1876, established a tranquillity that lasted until his exile in 1911. Known as the "Porfiriato," his 35-year regime saw the growth of material prosperity in Mexico. Foreign capital poured into the country bringing more roads and railways, increased mining, and a stable currency. But the fruits of Mexico's peace and well-being were enjoyed only by a few. For the vast majority these advances brought no improvements to their daily lives.