Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

(1848)

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Audience

In the first place, the audiences for the treaty were the congresses of Mexico and the United States. Legislators in both counties were divided into several factions over the terms. In the United States, Northern members of the Whig Party led by Daniel Webster opposed the treaty, because they feared the addition of so much new territory would encourage the spread of slavery. Some Southern legislators, on the other hand, such as Jefferson Davis and Sam Houston, opposed the treaty...