Go West Young Man
The US did gain most of today’s southwest as part of a Treaty between the US and Mexico. The Treaty was ratified by Mexico on this day in 1848, shortly after the US did so. The Treaty was officially proclaimed in July 1848.
We are of course talking about the Treaty of Peace, Friendship, Limits and Settlement between the United States of America and the Mexican Republic. It is also known as Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
This Treaty brought an end to the Mexican-American War which started in 1846 over a dispute over Texas.
The net of the Treaty was the US’s annexation of all or most of today’s New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and California.
Here is a map issued by Mitchell in the year after the Treaty’s ratification showing the American West with the new acquisitions. I’ve shown this item before and it is worthy another look, given that it is a great and rather rare map of American West during the era of significant activity and hope.
Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.
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