Thursday, May 04, 2006

Reconquista, Blah, Blah, Blah

The last few weeks we have all seen the rallies of many Mexicans, legal and illegal wanting to get citizenship - I guess. Frankly, I am not sure what all of the crazyness is about and living here in Madison I really don't see too much of any of the "divisiveness", or problems that the media feasts on to sell ads on the air and in print. We have plenty of Mexicans living here. I don't know if they are here legally or not. They really don't cause too many problems that I can see.

But there are some that I hate. Those are the dumbasses that are mostly in larger cities that hold up signs that say stupid stuff like "we were here first" (NOT) or "this is our land" (NOT). I think as a counter protest we should all make huge 5 foot poster size copies of this document:

This is the Mexican copy of the Treaty of Guadaloupe Hidalgo (photo credit here). It ended the Mexican war, which was fought in the mid 1800's.

From the wiki entry:

The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was the peace treaty that ended the Mexican American War (1846–1848). The treaty provided for the Mexican Cession, in which Mexico ceded 1.36 million km² (525,000 square miles) to the United States in exchange for USD$15 million. The United States also agreed to take over $3.25 million in debts Mexico owed to American citizens.
The cession included parts of the modern-day U.S. states of Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Wyoming, as well as the whole of California, Nevada, and Utah. The remaining parts of what are today the states of Arizona and New Mexico were later ceded under the 1853 Gadsden Purchase. The treaty was signed by Nicholas P. Trist on behalf of the United States and three plenipotentiary representatives of Mexico on February 2, 1848, at the Villa of Guadalupe (today Gustavo A. Madero, D.F.), slightly north of Mexico City. It was subsequently ratified by the United States Senate on March 10 and by the Mexican government on May 19; the countries' ratifications were duly exchanged on May 30, 1848, at the city of Santiago de Querétaro.

So then, the US AND Mexico ratified this treaty. MEXICO was the ones that ceded the territories to the US. And lucky they did. For those who don't know anything about the Mexican-American War, the US Army under Gen. Winfield Scott (and future Civil War foes Gens. Meade and Robert E. Lee) successfully pulled off the first ever major amphibious landing of the modern age and captured Mexico City and Puebla, at the time the largest and second largest cities in the country. And by the terms of the treaty we gave the Mexicans back - wait for it.... - MEXICO!!!

As an aside, the story of Scott's incredible run through Mexico is worth a read if you have an interest.

So what I guess what I am trying to say is that I think those who desire for the southwest United States to be "returned" to Mexico should first, fuck off, and second, maybe schedule a demonstration in MEXICO CITY as a protest to what their own government did to them all those years ago.


Frank Borger said...

It should be noted that the "first amphibious landing" is memorialized in the Marines Hymn as "From the Shores of Montezuma."

I know there are lots of Americans of Mexican ancestry in the marines. I wonder how they feel listening to that part of the hymn.

Anonymous said...

Dan, I always appreciate your history oriented blog comments.

Dan from Madison said...

Thank you kindly!

monstera deliciosa said...

Great post Dan. It would be awesome to distribute copies of the treaty at the next protest.

The amazing coincidence of it all (to me) is that gold was first discovered in California just a week before the signing of Guadalupe Hidalgo, but word of it didn't get out until March. I imagine that if the Mexicans had known there was gold in California, they would not have sold it to us for $15 million.