Presidio San Agustin del Tucson’s Salon & Saloon Lecture Series presents “The Enduring Legacies of Old Spanish Law and Water Rights in the American Southwest.” On Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Michael Brescia will discuss how two 19th-century international treaties have obliged the United States to protect the property rights of Mexicans and Native Americans living in a region of North America that once belonged to Mexico. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and the Gadsden Purchase provide important constitutional guarantees that often have proven difficult to fulfill. Dr. Brescia will explain the difficult historical and legal issues involved in certain disputes over natural resources throughout the American Southwest, while interspersing stories from his archival and field research that highlight the intimate connections between individuals, their communities, and the enduring impact of Spanish colonialism and U.S. expansionism on North America.
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