Monday, March 10, 2008

Nicholas Trist

Today we feature a picture of Nicholas Trist. He is remembered as the person who negotiated the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the Mexican American war. The treaty was ratified by congress on this day, March 10, in the year 1848. It established the southern border of the United States at the Rio Grande river. The United States also received California, Nevada, Utah, and parts of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming in the deal.
The Mexican American war is not a popular topic these days . . . not something many people care to study about. I think the war was really about some unfinished business associated with Texas. I think Mexico was still sort of miffed about Texas breaking away from Mexico, and then later joining up with the United States. The funny thing is that the Texans had really never wanted to break away from Mexico. When the Texans fought at the Alamo, they did not fight under a Texas flag, or a United States flag . . . they fought under a Mexican Flag, with the number "1824" on it. Their beef was not with Mexico, but was with Santa Anna, and how he did away with the 1824 Mexican Constitution. Early provisional governments in Texas did not declare independence from Mexico, but declared allegiance to Mexico, and the 1824 constitution.

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