5.19.2006

 

PWTU In History: The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

Part Three of PWTU's Ongoing Series


This may come as a surprise to many of you, but the vast majority of U.S. citizens will pass through this entire day without realizing that it marks the 158th anniversary of the end of the brutal Mexican-American war -- by way of a remarkable compromise: The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

Many might scoff at the supposed importance of this treaty: “That was just some random thing I was forced to learn in school, then immediately forgot about to put that brain space to better use”. So why do we here at PWTU deem this event significant enough to merit an entire entry? Because this treaty gave us a huge chunk of what today is our southwestern states.

Below, what we would be missing if this marvelous treaty had never been seen to fruition:

California – Surfing.

Nevada – Gambling.

Utah – Mormons.

Arizona – Cacti.

And during our research, we were unable to pinpoint exactly where the Tex-Mex favorite initially slipped “over the border,” so we will make the following generalization:

The American Southwest – Taco.




Thank you, Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Our country would never have been quite the same without these states; plus, it would be funny-shaped.

Part Two of Series


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