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NY Times Writer Says US Owes ‘HALF IT’S TERRITORY’ To Mexico Because They Were Cheated in 1848

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Shocking, a Mexican citizen believes that America took advantage of Mexico and we owe them for injustices that occurred at the beginning of US history.

Enrique Krauze is a Mexican Historian who believes that President Trump has it wrong on the issue of what America is owed by Mexico. Back in 1848 America paid 15 million dollars for land that is now known as Utah, Arizona, California, Nevada, and New Mexico. According to Krauze this amount of money was low and therefore Mexico shouldn’t owe America any money.

What happened over a century ago is no longer something that should come into play. If Mexico had it there way or if Native American’s had it their way American’s would be paying restitution for the rest of eternity. There is no price good enough for them so why do we keep paying it?

Via Fox News:

A Mexican historian said in a New York Times op-ed that Mexico is owed “half its territory” from an “unjust loss” in the 1800s.

At the close of the Mexican-American War in 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo granted the United States most of what is now California and Nevada, as well as parts of Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona.

After the 19th century war, America gave Mexico approximately $15 million in exchange for the ceded land.

Krauze wrote that the sum was too low, and called for people to be reminded of the war and the injustices the Mexican people suffered in the time since.

 It will never be enough so why bother?

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3 Comments

  1. Rusty Jones

    April 10, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    This is nothing more than an attempt to revise history. Here are the facts:
    Between 1810 and 1821, Mexico fought and won a war for independence from Spain.
    Between 1821 and 1836, American settlers were invited, by Mexico, to settle in Texas, to provide a buffer against Indian raids into parts of Mexico further south.
    In 1836, the residents of Texas (both American settlers and Mexican settlers) fought and won a war for independence from Mexico, just as Mexico had done against Spain between fifteen and twenty-five years earlier. Although Mexico lost the war against the residents of Texas, it refused to accept the independence of the resulting Republic of Texas.
    In 1845, the Republic of Texas agreed to a treaty with the United States whereby the Republic was annexed to the United States as its 28th state, and shortly thereafter, Mexico broke relations with the United States. Texas claimed the Rio Grande River as its southern border, but Mexico claimed the Nueces River (which lies north of the Rio Grande) as its northern border, and Mexico’s president refused to meet with a U.S. envoy sent to negotiate an agreement over the border issue.
    In January of 1846, Mexico’s refusal to recognize the sovereignty of Texas and Texas’ right to agree to annexation by the United States, along with Mexico’s refusal to negotiate a peaceful settlement regarding the border dispute, led U.S. President Polk to station troops in Texas in the disputed area between the Nueces River and the Rio Grande River. On May 9, 1846, President Polk began preparing a message to the U.S. Congress justifying hostilities against Mexico on the grounds of Mexico’s refusal to pay claims by U.S. citizens against Mexico and Mexico’s refusal to meet with the U.S. envoy over the border issue. On that same evening, he received word that on April 25th, Mexican troops had crossed the Rio Grande and attacked the U.S. troops, killing or wounding 16 American soldiers. President Polk amended his message and asked that Congress declare war on Mexico, and the Congress overwhelmingly approved the request on May 13th. Mexico followed suit by declaring war on the U.S. ten days later. When war broke out, the former Mexican president General Antonio López de Santa Anna (the vanquisher of the Texan forces at the Alamo in 1836 who had subsequently surrendered to Texas’ general Sam Houston following the battle of San Jacinto, and then subsequently been exiled to Cuba in 1845 as a deposed dictator) contacted Polk. The U.S. president arranged for a ship to take Santa Anna from his exile in Cuba to Mexico for the purpose of working for peace. Instead of acting for peace, however, on his return, Santa Anna took charge of the Mexican forces.
    Over the next approximately 16 months, the Mexican army suffered one defeat after another at the hands of the American army. Forces under the command of General Zachary Taylor captured the city of Monterrey, and defeated a major Mexican force at the Battle of Buena Vista in February of 1847. The following March, a force under General Winfield Scott captured the eastern port city of Veracruz after a three-week siege and began to march toward Mexico City. Scott’s force repeatedly defeated the Mexican forces attempting to impede its progress, and entered the Mexican capital on September 14, 1847, effectively ending the military phase of the war.
    President Polk had assigned Nicholas Trist, chief clerk in the State Department, to accompany Scott’s forces and to negotiate a peace treaty. After a long delay in the formation of a new Mexican government capable of negotiations, Trist was able to negotiate the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which was signed on February 2, 1848. According to the treaty, which was subsequently ratified by both the Mexican and the U.S. national congresses, Mexico ceded to the United States nearly all the territory now included in the states of New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, California, Texas, and western Colorado for $15 million paid to Mexico and payment by the U.S. of its citizens’ claims against Mexico.
    Based on the average inflation rate of the U.S. dollar of 2.03% per year between 1848 and 2017, the $15 million paid to Mexico is equivalent to $449,855,959.23 today.
    Mexico turned down an 1845 offer by the U.S. to buy California for $25 million. It had already lost Texas in 1836, but instead of accepting that loss, it fought and lost almost all of the rest of its former northern territories as the result of losing the Mexican-American war. The government of Mexico agreed to cede those territories to the U.S. in return for $15 million; it later agreed to sell its remaining northern holdings–the extreme southern portions of New Mexico and Arizona–in 1853, for $10 million (the Gadsden Purchase). Some modern-day Mexicans and their supporters may wish to think this is somehow unfair, but the government of Mexico at the time agreed to it. It’s a little too late for loser/seller remorse.
    As for “the injustices the Mexican people suffered in the time since,” the responsibility for that belongs on the government of Mexico, a country which since 1848 has suffered a great number of dictators, coups, political assassinations, civil wars, revolutions, and counter-revolutions.

  2. mmcano

    April 10, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Theresome not correct with this artjcle. When Mexico gave up what is now Calif, Nevada, Arizona, etc., Texas was an independent republic. The artcke is not fully correct as it is stated.

    • Rusty Jones

      April 11, 2017 at 2:27 am

      No, you’re mistaken. Texas officially became the 28th state of the United States and ceased to be an independent republic on December 29, 1845. The Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo under which Mexico ceded what is now California, Nevada, etc. was signed on February 2, 1848, more than two years after the Republic of Texas ceased to exist.

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