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The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

Map of Rancho Camulos, part of the larger Rancho San Francisco, around 1843
Courtesy of Seaver Center for Western History Research, Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History

What Do You Do When the Border Crosses You?

This deliberation guide focuses on the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, encouraging students to examine the choices the Californio indigenous people faced in June 1849 as they determined how they would approach, or avoid, a future as American citizens. As students investigate the cultural, historical, economic, and political context of the time, they will wrestle with and weigh possible answers to the question: What do you do when the border crosses you?

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Explore the Becoming US connection to this deliberation guide: Borderlands.