The next time you hear someone prattling on about how the US stole all the southwestern United States from Mexico, set them straight. Tell them its bunk. The land was bought and paid for. . If they refuse to believe you refer them to the Guadalupe Hidalgo Treaty and the Gadsden’s Purchase a few years later. It’s all there. It’s a part of history — a part of history students in the American government schools apparently never hear about.
Of course, the claims are all part of the propaganda, the unmitigated garbage, being employed to saddle Americans with more undeserved guilt. People who feel guilty will oft times respond in the way those prodding them wish them to respond.
The War between the United States and Mexico began with a Mexican attack on American troops along the southern border of Texas on April 25, 1846. Fighting ended when U.S. Gen. Winfield Scott occupied Mexico City on September 14, 1847.
Under a treaty signed on Februry 2, 1848, at Guadalupe Hidalgo, Mexico ceded to the United States Upper California and New Mexico (including Arizona) and recognized U.S. claims over Texas, with the Rio Grande as its southern boundary. The United States in turn paid Mexico $15,000,000, assumed the claims of American citizens against Mexico, ($3.25 Million) recognized prior land grants in the Southwest, and offered citizenship to any Mexicans residing in the area.
After the end of the Mexican-American War, border disputes between the United States and Mexico remained unsettled. Land that now comprises lower Arizona and New Mexico was part of a proposed southern route for a transcontinental railroad so President Franklin Pierce was convinced by Jefferson Davis, the US Secretary of War, to send James Gadsden (who had personal interests in the rail route) to negotiate the Gadsden Purchase with Mexico. Under the resulting agreement, the U.S. paid Mexico $10 million. There was a problem with the money, however: Even though the agreement specified $10 million, the US Congress only agreed to pay $7 million. When the money finally arrived in Mexico City, $1 million was found to be lost, thus making $6 million the amount Mexico actually got for the sale of that land.
Run the numbers and you will find that the US paid Mexico $24,250,000.00 (24 million, two-hundred-and-fifty-thousand) US dollars for the land in the Southwest US which many claim, today, we stole!
Groups pushing amnesty aided by the left-wing media media continue to publish those claims without counterbalancing them with the truth. That does two things – It emboldens those perpetrating those false claims against the US – and — it is accepted as truth by our woefully undereducated citizenry.
Source: Omega Dispatch