Daily Archives: September 22, 2010

Texas Annexation And Mexico Cession Enlarged U.S. Territories Long Ago

Obama: “Mexicans” Were Here “Long Before America Was Even An Idea”.  RCP.  Video here.

“Long before America was even an idea, this land of plenty was home to many peoples. The British and French, the Dutch and Spanish, to Mexicans, to countless Indian tribes. We all shared the same land,” President Obama told the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Mexico declared its independence on September 16, 1810. It was recognized on September 27, 1821.

The United States of America declared its independence in 1776.

Mexico before the U.S. Mexican War from 1846 to 1848.

“A map of Mexico, 1835-1846 with separatist movements highlighted.”
Image courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_Cession.

The U.S. AFTER the Republic of Texas was annexed by the U.S. under the Texas Annexation in 1845, and the Mexico Cession in 1848 after Mexico lost the war.  Click map for biggie. 

“U.S. territories 1850.”
Image courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_Cession.

A few facts.

Mexico acknowledged the loss of Texas, New Mexico, and California in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which was signed on February 2, 1848, ratified by the U.S. Senate on March 10, 1848, and by the Mexican government on May 19, 1848. 

The United States also paid $15,000,000 ($298,310,309 in 2005 dollars) for the land, and agreed to assume $3.25 million in debts to US citizens.

Eventually, the territories became states in the U.S.A.  Giving richer meaning to the Pledge of Allegiance

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

President Barack Obama may be correct in his statement of the numerous people present in the area over time.  But the fact remains, the area continues to be the United States since those treaties were ratified, and holds no debt, favor, or responsibility to any country on immigration.  Laws to address this are in place already.