United States Boundary Commissioner

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1847 Dirsturnell map of the US and Mexico
1857 map of Rio Grande/Rio Bravo border of the US and Mexico
1893 map showing surveys of Colorado River by both the US and the Mexican Boundary Commissions

Article V of the TREATY OF PEACE, FRIENDSHIP, LIMITS, AND SETTLEMENT BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE UNITED MEXICAN STATES CONCLUDED AT GUADALUPE HIDALGO (known commonly as the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ) declared that the new boundary between the two republics of the United States and Mexico would lay "three leagues from land, opposite the mouth of the Rio Grande, otherwise called Rio Bravo del Norte, or Opposite the mouth of its deepest branch, if it should have more than one branch emptying directly into the sea; from thence up the middle of that river, following the deepest channel, where it has more than one, to the point where it strikes the southern boundary of New Mexico; thence, westwardly, along the whole southern boundary of New Mexico (which runs north of the town called Paso) to its western termination; thence, northward, along the western line of New Mexico, until it intersects the first branch of the river Gila; (or if it should not intersect any branch of that river, then to the point on the said line nearest to such branch, and thence in a direct line to the same); thence down the middle of the said branch and of the said river, until it empties into the Rio Colorado; thence across the Rio Colorado, following the division line between Upper and Lower California, to the Pacific Ocean. "[1] It delineated the boundary through its text but wasn't written with much knowledge of the area's actually geography; A commissioner and surveyor from each country were appointed to precisely locate landmarks and accurately map the new border, relying on the treaty as their guide.

The 1847 Dirsturnell map accompanied the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo[2] There were discrepancies in the map and in the Spring of 1851 the Commissioners negotiated the Bartlett-García Conde Compromise to end the dispute over where the southern border of New Mexico would be.[3] The Compromise was rejected by the US Senate however, and a new boundary limit had to be negotiated. The Gadsden Purchase and negotiation determined that new boundary.

John Russell Bartlett replaced John C. Frémont as the US Boundary Commissioner on June 15, 1850.[4] The Mexican Commissioner was Gen. Pedro García Conde.

List of US Boundary Commissioners

List of US Boundary Surveyors

List of Mexican Boundary Commissioners

List of Mexican Surveyors


  1. ^ "Avalon Project - Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo; February 2, 1848". avalon.law.yale.edu.
  2. ^ "Monuments, Manifest Destiny, and Mexico". National Archives. 15 August 2016.
  3. ^ KOHOUT, MARTIN DONELL (12 June 2010). "BARTLETT-GARCIA CONDE COMPROMISE". tshaonline.org.
  4. ^ HEWITT, HARRY P. (15 June 2010). "MEXICAN-UNITED STATES BOUNDARY COMMISSION". tshaonline.org.
  5. ^ "Line in the Sand". Princeton University Press.