Historic treaty that ended Mexican-American war on display in Tu - Tucson News Now

Historic treaty that ended Mexican-American war on display in Tucson

Source: National Archives Source: National Archives

By Karla Ronquillo - email

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) - Original pages from a historic Mexico document are on loan from the National Archives.

The Treaty of Guadalupe can be seen at the Arizona State Museum from February 2-28, 2011.

The documents are named after the town near Mexico City where the treaty was signed on February 2, 1848.

The peace treaty, largely dictated by the United States to a militarily occupied Mexico, ended the Mexican-American War.

The complete, bilingual treaty is normally housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

It is being loaned and brought to Tucson by local non-profit Amistades, Inc.

According to researchers, the treaty provided 525,000 sq. miles of Mexican territory to the U.S. in exchange for $15 million.

But they say from the standpoint of Mexico, the treaty ceded about half of its territory.

Approximately 80,000 Mexicans were living in the ceded territory, mainly in the areas of California, New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas.

At the time, this was about 20% of Mexico's population.

The Arizona State Museum is located just inside the University of Arizona's Main Gate at Park Ave. and University Boulevard.

The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

For more information visit the Arizona State Museum website.

(KOLD News 13 does not control the content on the website mentioned above.)

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