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  •  California was part of Mexico at the (0+ / 0-)

    start of the war.

    U.S. forces took Mexico City, which left both sides in difficult positions. The U.S. was not at all ready to fight a guerrilla war or conquer Mexico.

    The U.S. could have put an end to the Republic of Texas in a couple months. The pro-slavery militia there was hardly up for fighting the U.S. Army.

    Compare the costs of such an action, plus paying any amount of money to Mexico, to the cost of fighting the Civil War.

    "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012

    by bontemps2012 on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 11:42:29 AM PST

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    •  Well, this is all alt history anyway (1+ / 0-)
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      The US wanted both Texas and California and wasn't interested in giving anything back to Mexico. Mexico was defeated and not in any position to argue.

      My only point was that the addition of Texas and California to the US resulted from the same historical event: the Mexican-American War. Reversing that outcome would require the US to divest itself of all territory taken by conquest.

      Nothing human is alien to me.

      by WB Reeves on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 12:29:16 PM PST

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      •  Allowing Mexico to put the "No Slavery" (0+ / 0-)

        clause into the Bill of Sale would have been sufficient.

        That was the issue. The big issue.

        Mexico was perfectly willing to sell the land. They knew they couldn't control the zillions of gringos flooding west.

        Best to all --

        "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012

        by bontemps2012 on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 03:54:01 AM PST

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