Arizona Part of Mexico?

As a regular feature, I thought I would share with you each time a little snippet of local history. 

So – did you know that our part of Arizona very nearly wasn’t Arizona, but Mexico??  When, following the Mexican-American War, by the treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo in 1848, the United States acquired the rest of the west which had not been already snaffled by the Louisiana Purchase, the border between the US and Mexico ran along the Gila River, about 100 miles north of us.  It was only when the US, wanting to make a railroad from east to west, found that the Rocky Mountains were inconveniently in the way, and that what they really needed was another bit of  land, south of the Gila, along more hospitable terrain.  So, avoiding another war, they bought it, in the form of the Gadsden Purchase, in 1853, and set about surveying and then building the railroad, and also the Butterfield Trail, which ran from St.Louis to Los Angeles and thence to San Francisco.  The price, which worked out at 33c per acre, was $10 million – as you can see if you look at the areas in question, it represented quite an increase in dollars per acre over the cost of the Louisiana Purchase – but still, what a deal!!  And so it is thanks to the inhospitable terrain north of us, that today we are not Mexicans, but Americans!

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5 Responses to Arizona Part of Mexico?

  1. ANDY says:

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH BEING A MEXXICAN. YOUR COMMENT IS ANOTHER FULL OF TOTAL IGNORANCE. IGNORANCE STILL CONTINUES TO DICTATE EMPTY VIEWS OF THE WORLD AND THE SOCITIES AROUND US. THE LAND MAY BE AMERICAN BUT THE INHABITANTS ARE MEXICAN, MEXICAN-AMERICAN OF COURSE THE MAJORITY.

  2. Eve says:

    You totally miss my point – and it so happens I lived in Mexico and loved it. I lived in Taxco, and those were the best years of my life, and I am very fond of Mexican people, many of whom are my good friends. But history is history, things happened, lands changed ownership and I should know, as I come from tjhe Czech Republic which was occupied by the Austrians, then the Nazis and then the Russians – so grow up and don’t read false meanings into sentences.

  3. Dee says:

    As I read over comments on these blogs in anticipation of a visit, I am surprised at the harshness of a few of the responsive comments, as if this were a political debate forum (where the tone often reflects — or influences — our bad-mouthing talking head politicians) rather than the more personal, limited website it is.

    I will add — the original comment here did not suggest, to my mind, that there was something wrong with being Mexican. Only an interesting fact. And being American, I can say I’m glad it is part of America. Period. Nothing more to read into it and I gathered that is what the poster meant, pure and simply. I hope to hear more about the history when I’m out there.

  4. Eve says:

    Thanks, Dee – it’s good to know that some of my readers have an adult attitude and don’t jump to wrong conclusions.

  5. lucky says:

    Its a blessing in disguise. NOM, Seriously, had this place been a part of Mexico, it would have been ignored and world would not have come to know about such a beautiful place that ever existed. Looking back at history, yes it was pure business why this place was acquired. yes to say every acquistion has business/money involved around it. However this acquistion was for welfare of mankind. Be it Americans or Mexicans, its our place and we are proud to be living in this place.

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