The United States and Mexico have a lengthy and complicated history. 2018 marks the 170th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which is the longest-lasting treaty between the United States and Mexico. For two years between 1846 to 1848, the United States and Mexico were at war. The U.S. annexed the independent Republic of Texas in 1845, but Mexico still considered Texas its northeastern province and part of its territory even after the Texas Revolution and secession in 1836.

When the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed in 1848, there was a grand international spectacle in what was known as the Paso Del Norte region, which we now call El Paso and Juarez. The Mexican-American war changed everything along the border politically, legally, economically, and racially. We are still feeling the effects after more than 100 years because so many people still feel that the U.S. stole Texas from Mexico.

The discussion of the Mexican-American War at the El Paso County Historical Society will focus on the border creation process as well as the lives of Americans, Mexicans, and Native Americans in the intervening years. It is a great way to find out more about current political and social ideas and feelings along this part of the border, and the talk is free.

You an get more information about the Historical Society event by calling (915) 533-3603 or on their Facebook page.