|Scholarly Siege of Boston: Frontier’s 23rd Field Trip|
A blog post by Gabrielle Abeles-Allison, NCFPD Information Tech Student, University of Minnesota Undergraduate in Food Science
In Mid-October, the NCFPD associated Frontier group made its 23rd trip, but its first to the port city of Boston, Massachusetts. Called, “A Scholarly Siege of Boston,” the group spent time discussing behavioral economics, port security, and everything in between.
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This month in history
Texan forces under General Sam Houston surprised and defeated a Mexican army under General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna near present-day Houston, Texas. Santa Anna himself was captured the next day. His captors forced him to give orders for all Mexican troops to leave Texas. Shortly after, in exchange for his life, he signed two treaties with the new republic. The first stated he would no longer attempt to force Texas to rejoin Mexico. A second, secret treaty stated he would return to Mexico City and arrange for the Mexican government to receive a delegation from the Republic of Texas that would negotiate the final treaty. A key provision of this treaty stated that Santa Anna was to lobby for the Rio Grande River as the southern boundary of the new country. The Mexican government disavowed Santa Anna in his absence and never agreed to any formal treaties but chose to leave the Texans alone. The dispute remained peaceful until Texas was annexed by the United States in 1845, when this border dispute became the casus belli for the Mexican-American War. The war ended in the annexation of the present day states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and parts of Kansas, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Colorado, comprising almost one-third of the continental US.
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