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By Sherwood Kiraly | August 28, 2009
In 1848, after some hostilities, a U.S. State Department chief clerk named Nicholas Trist worked out a deal whereby we bought California, New Mexico and Texas from Mexico for $15 million and change — a bargain price for 1.2 million acres. The Mexican signatories of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo probably consoled themselves with the thought that most of what they were losing was, after all, desert. Most of it still is. Which is why water is so important out here. In the TV Westerns I watched as a boy, many plots were based upon the trek through the desert — the merciless sun, the empty canteen, the parched lips, the alkali dust.
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By Sherwood Kiraly | August 28, 2009
In 1848, after some hostilities, a U.S. State Department chief clerk named Nicholas Trist worked out a deal whereby we bought California, New Mexico and Texas from Mexico for $15 million and change — a bargain price for 1.2 million acres. The Mexican signatories of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo probably consoled themselves with the thought that most of what they were losing was, after all, desert. Most of it still is. Which is why water is so important out here. In the TV Westerns I watched as a boy, many plots were based upon the trek through the desert — the merciless sun, the empty canteen, the parched lips, the alkali dust.
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