Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
Pages from the original Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, a document which transformed this part of the world forever by significantly expanding the United States and setting the stage for Colorado’s statehood, will be exhibited in Denver for the first time ever. The treaty will be arriving in Colorado on February 2– which marks the 175th anniversary of its signing– but will not be on display until the following morning, February 3, as the delicate pages need to acclimate and rest after its traveling to the Mile High City.
The treaty’s exhibition in Denver is made possible courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C., which is loaning four pages of this fragile and rare treaty to History Colorado.
The erosion of civil and property rights for former Mexican nationals is just one aspect of the treaty’s impacts. It is also connected to the displacement of Indigenous tribes and has been referenced in hundreds of court cases ranging from international border disputes to water and mineral rights claims.
The document will be displayed in the Borderlands of Southern Colorado exhibition at the History Colorado Center until May 22.
Read the remarks from the opening of this exhibition from History Colorado's Executive Director Dawn DiPrince here. →