Many of those residing in Arizona, California, Texas, and a few other states, do not know the history of how those states came to be. Arizona, California, Texas, Colorado, Nevada, and parts of Utah and Washington were once a part of Mexico and are a result of a Treaty proposed by the United States. But first, I will discuss the Divisions in Mexico before the Mexican American War in 1846.
Mexico has already had it’s share of visitors before the States. Spain had dominated the native people and saw them as a huge source of labor. The Spaniards had also started to mixed their blood with the Aztecs, inevitably creating the Mexican Race. There is the legend of Doña Marina, La Chingada, that was said to be when the first Mexican came to be.
Then, after Spain had established it’s New empire, the English colonizers decided to move south to open new market opportunities and gain use of new resources. These visitors were different. They refused to mix blood and kind of looked at the residence of the southern lands as uncivilized. This resulted into the Mexican American War; a fight for Independence.
This War was fought on Mexican soil with one side being fully prepared and the other’s not knowing what to expect and having little military resources to use, again. Remember the Alamo? The result of this 2 year battle was a peace treaty signed in 1848, called the Treaty de Guadalupe Hildalgo. The treaty would give $15 million to Mexico from the United states in exchange for a massive land intake. The residence in those areas would have the opportunity to receive American citizenship and full rights or relocate themselves within the new Mexican border. However, those who did decide to remain where they were, were forced into new culture norms and religion – assimilation began again.
In my opinion, the result of the Mexican American war are still felt today with our perceived problem of immigration. We live in an system based on law after an unlawful situation.