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originally posted by: MisterSpock
If the border was further north, Mexicans would have to walk farther to escape their #hole country.
So what's the complaint?
#3) After the war the US owned ALL of Mexico. We gave them all of it back South of the Rio Grande and allowed them to remain an independent nation. The treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo which ended the war paid the Mexican government $20 million dollars for the land North of the Rio Grande. We didn't have to pay them a dime or give them back self-government had we wanted.
originally posted by: Fallingdown
a reply to: 727Sky
Mexico would probably be known as Florida grande. It would be a state swimming in cash .
Short summary what the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo Actually Says
Mexicans in the territory previously belonging to Mexico can stay where they are or they can move to Mexico but still retain their property.
Those who remain can be Mexican citizens or US citizens but have to choose within a year; the default is US citizenship.
Property rights dating from before the treaty are “inviolably respected.” [In case you don’t know, enforcement of this provision varied by region, and many Mexicans lost their land and/or were driven out of the territory by violent White mobs in some areas, while Mexicans remained landholding elites in others.]
Those who do not choose Mexican citizenship will have the full rights of US citizenship including “free enjoyment of their liberty and property, and secured in the free exercise of their religion without restriction.”
The US agrees to prevent incursions into Mexico of “savage tribes” in US territory with the same diligence as the US is protected. [NOTE: I found this allusion to the ongoing Indian wars to be a reminder of the multi-lateral character of history.]
It is illegal to purchase “any Mexican, or any foreigner residing in Mexico, who may have been captured by Indians” or any property stolen by Indians. The US promises to try to rescue any people or property captured by Indians. [Again, multi-lateral history.]
Lots of sections on the rules of warfare if war breaks out.
Lots of sections on ending the war, removing troops, defining boundaries, guaranteeing free transport through waterways and border areas.
originally posted by: dojozen
Looks some a plan of action is on the table for international tribunal...
Will Mexico Get Half of Its Territory Back?
For us Mexicans, this is the chance for a kind of reconquest. Surely not the physical reconquest of the territories that once were ours. Nor an indemnification that should have been much greater than the feeble amount of $15 million that the American government paid, in installments, for the stolen land. We need a reconquest of the memory of that war so prodigal in atrocities inspired by racial prejudices and greed for territorial gain.
But the best and most just reparation would be American immigration reform that could open the road to citizenship for the descendants of those Mexicans who suffered the unjust loss of half their territory.