The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, and the Future of the Chicano/Mexicano People

Siglo de Lucha

February 5th was the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848. This treaty officially ended what has been known as the Mexican War, and which subsequently ceded over half the territory of the nation of Mexico over to the United States. Many also see it as the beginning of the Chicano people, a colonized nation within U.S. borders. Even though it happened over 166 years ago, its legacy remains today, and the aftermath will have repercussions for the future of the United States and the Chicano and Mexicano people.

This year in 2014 on that date, The Economist, a weekly British mainstream news magazine, posted a blurb about this date, along with a demographic map:


On February 2nd 1848, following a short and one-sided war, Mexico agreed to cede more than half its territory to the United States. An area covering most of present-day…

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