From the Annals of Thievery – In 1848, the United States and Mexico signed the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the Mexican-American War and redrawing the international boundary. Under the terms of the treaty, Mexico lost approximately a third of its national territory including New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, California and parts of Colorado and Wyoming. Mexico also gave up any claim to the former Republic of Texas. In return, the U.S. paid Mexico a paltry $15,000,000 and assumed responsibility of all claims against Mexico by American citizens. The MAW was clearly a war of territorial aggression waged against a weaker opponent and justified by questionable claims. Still many of the major battles were relatively close affairs, but luck was not on the side of the Mexicans. Mexico should have built a wall.