Sunday, March 18, 2012

Chamizal National Memorial, El Paso

Visited the Chamizal National Memorial this morning. It's a unit of the National Park System in El Paso, Texas. The memorial commemorates the 1963 settlement of the Chamizal border disupte between the United States and Mexico. The changing course of the Rio Grande which forms the boundary between the U.S. and Mexico was the cause of the dispute. This is a mural on the walls of the visitor center at the Chamizal National Memorial.
Old boundary marker between the U.S. and Mexico. Prior to the Chamizal settlement of 1963, the land to the right of the marker was part of the Cordova "island," part of Mexico that was nearly surrounded by the United States. Today the land to the right of the marker is part of the United States.

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