The Treaty Of Guadalupe Hidalgo Essay

1700 Words Sep 27th, 2016 7 Pages
In early 1846, tensions between Mexico and the United States were high due to the United States annexation of Texas. These tensions reached a critical stage after "a skirmish broke out between Mexican and U.S. troops, both nations declared war" (King 65). The war between Mexico and the United States raged on for two years until it finally "ended in 1848 when the Mexican army surrendered at Chapultepec Castle and the U.S. army occupied Mexico City" (King 66). Due to its loss of the war, Mexico was forced to sign the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo which turned over half of Mexico’s current territory to the United States in exchange for “15 million dollars” (King 66). This territory, created by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, became a complex area that now makes up the majority of the Southwestern part of the United States. After the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, life within this area becomes plagued by language barriers and political corruption. Such experiences are best defined by the articles, “The Homeland, Aztlan” and “How to Tame a Wild Tongue”. Both articles can be found in the book Borderlands La Frontera written by Gloria Anzaldúa. Anzaldúa describes the complex lifestyle that occurs in this territory as the “borderlands” (“The Homeland” 3). In many ways, these borderlands can be described as what Mary Pratt would define as a “contact zone”, although some people may disagree (Pratt 34). “Contact Zones”, as defined by Pratt, “refer to social spaces where…

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