Conflict | Resolution

Collage of photos with text: Chamizal, conflict, resolution

NPS / 106 GROUP

 

For decades, this place stood at the center of an international boundary dispute. After nearly a century of conflict, diplomacy prevailed. Negotiation preserved goodwill between countries that once had been at war. The resolution came at a cost, disrupting people, the land, and the river that shaped them.

 
Wide stretch of slow-flowing river on a flat landscape, low greed shrubs and grasses grow alongside

Cultural Landscape

Water Made This Place

Hand-colored lithograph of Mexican and American forces facing off in battle, smoke fills the air.

War

The Cost of the US-Mexican War

A row of white concrete obelisks line the boundary of the park alongside a road

Boundary

Drawing a Boundary After the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

Paper map using colors to show the varying paths of a river over time

Century of Conflict

A Shifting River and Contested Boundary

Paper street map centered around Chamizal area

Negotiation

Mapping a Solution to the Chamizal Issue

Woman stands with two small children in front of house

People React

Perspectives on the Chamizal Solution

Page with signatures and a ribbon sealed with wax showing signet marks

Implementation

Resolution and Impacts of the Chamizal Convention

Presidents stand in open car and wave to crowd lining street. Confetti fills the air.

Celebration

Two Countries Commemorate Milestones

Last updated: July 17, 2020

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