Today In Latin American History
Representatives from Mexico and the United States signed the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo at the old Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe near Mexico City on February 2, 1848, ending the Mexican-American War. In exchange for 15 million American dollars, Mexico ceded most of its Northern territories (the territories of Alta California and Santa Fe de Nuevo Mexico) to the United States, which eventually became part of the US states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Nevada, and Utah. Along with the earlier loss of land during the Texas Revolution, Mexico lost over half its pre-war territory. The area also came with almost 100,000 Mexican residents, whose citizenship and property rights
now fell on the hands of the United Stateswere promptly deleted. The 1847 Disturnell map of Mexico, shown above, was appended to the handwritten treaty to establish borders. It is currently at the US National Archives and Records Administration.
Yo Quinn, why you gotta be so unpatriotic, hatin’ on America for protecting democracy???