Mexico’s Claim to California Islands – A Never-ending Story

By Barnard R. Thompson

This is a story I get to rewrite every triennial or so, about modern day claims that California’s Channel Islands should still belong to Mexico. This insofar as during most Mexican congressional periods some legislator laments the loss of territory to the United States following the Mexican-American War (1846-48), and cites the fact that the eight Channel Islands were not specifically named in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the war ending peace contract that also delineated the United States-Mexico boundary.

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