Gadsden Purchase


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Gadsden Purchase

An area in extreme southern New Mexico and Arizona south of the Gila River. It was purchased by the United States from Mexico in 1853 to ensure territorial rights for a practicable southern railroad route to the Pacific Coast.

Gadsden Purchase

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(Placename) an area of about 77 000 sq km (30 000 sq miles) in present-day Arizona and New Mexico, bought by the US from Mexico for 10 million dollars in 1853. The purchase was negotiated by James Gadsden (1788–1858), US diplomat

Gads′den Pur′chase


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a tract of 45,535 sq. mi. (117,935 sq. km), now contained in New Mexico and Arizona, purchased for $10,000,000 from Mexico in 1853, the treaty being negotiated by James Gadsden.

Gadsden Purchase

1853. Territory acquired from Mexico permitting easy rail connections to be built between Texas and California.
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agreed to buy some 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico for $10 million in a deal known as the Gadsden Purchase.
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The second chapter focuses on La Mesilla and Las Cruces, showing how each town, established in the aftermath of the US-Mexican War and located on the opposite sides of the new borderline (before the 1854 Gadsden Purchase moved La Mesilla to US soil as well), reflected a particular vision of national belonging.
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In the 40 years following our Second War for Independence in 1812, the size of the country doubled--adding Florida at the expense of Spain, Texas through its fight for independence, the Oregon Country from Britain, and the Mexican Cession and Gadsden Purchase as a result of the Mexican War.