Map of the Mexican Cession. The territories ceded by Mexico to the U.S. in 1848 in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the Mexican-American War (1846 – 1848). The land lost equalled one third of Mexico's total territory — and became California and the Southwestern United States. By Kballen - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3841280

Will Mexico get half of its territory back?

Some Mexicans are proposing to remind Mr. Trump exactly what country was the first victim of American imperialism. They are calling for a lawsuit that would aim to nullify the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo (signed on Feb. 2, 1848), in which Mexico — invaded by American soldiers, its capital occupied, its ports and customs stations seized — was forced to accept the American annexation of Texas and concede more than half the rest of Mexican territory, now including most of the states of Arizona, New Mexico and California.  See full story in the New York Times.

 The last page of The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo with signatures and official seals. Credit Hispanic Reading Room, Hispanic Division, Library of Congress

The last page of The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo with signatures and official seals. Credit Hispanic Reading Room, Hispanic Division, Library of Congress

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