Guadalupe Hidalgo

by John J. Miller on February 1, 2010 · 1 comment

in Explore the Vault

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February 2 marks the anniversary of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. It ought to be a holiday throughout the American Southwest, for this was the diplomatic agreement that concluded the Mexican-American War, guaranteed the realization of Manifest Destiny, and created the conditions for prosperity throughout much of North America. The only downside was the the United States didn’t take more territory when it had the chance. Baja California should be ours!

I wrote on the treaty for the Washington Times when it turned 150. This may be the only article I’ve ever written for the Washington Times–hard to believe, given that this newspaper has been such an important and welcoming outlet for right-of-center scribblers.


  • And John, you can thank my great, great, great uncle, Manuel Armijo, for ceding the New Mexcio territory during the war. Armijo was the last Mexican governor of New Mexico (which stretched all the way to California) and family myth has it that he left the territory with several wagons full of gold, which he received for not putting up much of a fight. Fortunately, my great great grandfather, Francisco Armijo, who was Manuel’s older brother stayed behind in Albuquerque.

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