Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Mexico welcomed fugitive slaves and African American job-seekers - Pt 2

May 30th, 2006

U.S. News


by Ron Wilkins

Even after the loss of Texas, Mexican officials refused to formally acknowledge Texas independence on the grounds that it "would be equivalent to the sanction and recognition of slavery". After Texas independence the slave population mushroomed and the number of runaways across the South-Texas-North-Mexico border, increased. In 1842 Mexico's Constitutional Congress reasserted the nation's commitment to fugitive slaves. In 1847, 38,753 slaves and 102,961 whites were listed in the first official Texas census. In 1850, in a new treaty accord with the United States, Mexico again refused to provide for the return of fugitive slaves. More>>>

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