2017-10-09 22:18:48 UTC
I just read the thread a little while ago
on the Mexican-American War and how Mexico
went through an array of Presidents and coup
de etat's throughout the war and how the U.S.
created the commission to accept the final
treaty on behalf of Mexico at the end of the war,
based upon the idea that Mexico was conquered
and so it could appoint anyone it wanted to
represent Mexico to sign the treaty.
By 1853 however Santa Anna had become president
of Mexico again and was looking for money from
the U.S. and the U.S. was considering a southern
route for a transcontinental railroad and wanted
dropped a treaty clause concerning U.S. liability
for Comanche and Apache raids from U.S. territory
into Mexico also.
The U.S. offered an array of packages for a purchase
ranging from 15 million to 50 million for varying
amounts of land. Santa Anna agreed to the 15 million
package to help finance improvements in the Mexican
military, however the northern States in the U.S. did
not want any additions to slave territories.
The U.S. Senate rejected the 15 million version by a
small number of votes, however it approved a 10
million version involving a smaller land transfer.
I have been unable to find any maps on the internet
however showing the 15 and 50 million versions, or
other versions in comparison with the 10 million
version that was finally agreed upon by both Santa Anna
and Mexico and the U.S.
Does anyone have any links to maps showing all six
initial proposals ranging from 15 million to 50
million that were given to Santa Anna in comparison
with the final 10 million that was accepted?
As another issue, what if Mexico had initially agreed
to sell the disputed territory between Texas and Mexico
when the U.S. annexed Texas rather than went to war
over it? Would California have eventually revolted?
Would the U.S. never have gotten the rest of what is
in our time line's U.S. southwest besides Texas? I
recognize that Mexico cycled through a lot of presidents
during that time period. Is it feasible that one of
them could have agreed to a sale of disputed Texas
territory without getting deposed? Could most of
them have agreed to it without any more risk of getting
deposed than already happened anyway? Or if one
of them agreed would the next one go to war anyway?