%> Nevada Riches: The Land and People of the Silver State
Nevada Government & Politics
Migrations
(1840-1872)

1848 and the Mexican Cession

In 1848 the Mexican War ended with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and the size of the United States was increased.  Part of the territory acquired with the treaty was the land that would become Nevada.  Also added to the United States territory was land that would eventually become the states of California, New Mexico, Utah, and parts of Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming.

Nevada was no longer under the control of the remote Mexican government.  It was now part of a territory of the United States and governed by the laws of the United States.
 

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