Texas and the Compromise of 1850

Hey New Mexicans, who wants to be a part of Texas?

El Paso raises its hand.

Several Texas governors sent representatives to New Mexico to try and convince them to be a part of Texas, but El Paso was the only one that agreed.


The Compromise of 1850

Senator Henry Clay was the architect of the Compromise of 1850

The key components of the Compromise are:

- Add California as a free state

- Organize New Mexico and Utah into territories

- Make Texas give up 40% of the land they claimed and give them $10 million in return

Some Texans didn’t like this, but when it was put to a vote, the majority accepted these terms.

The Compromise of 1850 established the Texas borders we know today.

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