Westward Expansion/ Imperialism  DBQ: New Settlement in the Mexican Cession (1848)- who lived there?
DBQ: New Settlement in the Mexican Cession (1848)

What happened to the Mexicans who now found themselves living in a different country?



Background:
The Mexican Cession of 1848 is a historical name in the United States for the region of the modern day southwestern United States that Mexico ceded to the U.S. in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, but had not been part of the areas east of the Rio Grande which had been claimed by the Republic, though the Texas annexation resolution two years earlier had not specified Texas's southern and western boundary. The Mexican Cession (529,000 sq. miles) was the third largest acquisition of territory in US history. The largest was the Louisiana Purchase, with some 820,000 sq. miles, followed by the acquisition of Alaska (about 586,000 sq. miles).

After the Mexican-American War, Mexico lost about one third of its territory to the United States. This land, called the Mexican Cession, attracted American settlers. What happened to the Mexicans who now found themselves living in a different country?
Task:
Use your knowledge of the postwar era, and documents A, B, C, and D to answer the questions at the bottom and the essential question

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