Saturday, April 08, 2006
Stolen land? Yeah ok whatever...
You know this disgusts me. These people actually think that we stole the land from them. I suppose it's easier to just go along with what you're told rather than actually read history. Did you know that radical immigration groups (like La Raza for example) are pushing for the return of the seven southwestern states? States whose territory was allegedly "stolen" from Mexico?
It's called "reconquista" and it is alive and well in America. Michelle Malkin details it in a March 27th column. Beware, some of the images are downright repulsive:
And while we're at it, the southwestern states were given to the US as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed on February 2, 1848 in which the US was given undisputed control of Texas, Nevada, Utah, California and parts of Coloradaio, Arizona, New Mexico and Wyoming. In return, Mexico received over $18 million which by the way is equivalent to nearly $630 million dollars today.
From the Library of Congress:
Mexican officials and Nicholas Trist, President Polk's representative, began discussions for a peace treaty that August. On February 2, 1848 the Treaty was signed in Guadalupe Hidalgo, a city north of the capital where the Mexican government had fled as U.S. troops advanced. Its provisions called for Mexico to cede 55% of its territory (present-day Arizona, California, New Mexico, and parts of Colorado, Nevada and Utah) in exchange for fifteen million dollars in compensation for war-related damage to Mexican property.
Other provisions stipulated the Texas border at the Rio Grande (Article V), protection for the property and civil rights of Mexican nationals living within the new border (Articles VIII and IX), U.S. promise to police its side of the border (Article XI), and compulsory arbitration of future disputes between the two countries (Article XXI). When the U.S. Senate ratified the treaty in March, it deleted Article X guaranteeing the protection of Mexican land grants. Following the Senate's ratification of the treaty, U.S. troops left Mexico City.
There you have it, the territories were obtained legally through a treaty.
You have to wonder how many Americans are aware of that? Hell how many Mexicans are aware of that? I guess they were out protesting the day that subject came up in history class.