In July 1963, after thirteen months, US and Mexican negotiators finally reached agreement. On August 29, Mexican Secretary for Foreign Relations Manuel Tello and US Ambassador Thomas C. Mann signed the Chamizal Convention of 1963 in Mexico City. The hard work wasn’t over yet. It took commitment and sacrifice to turn the paper agreement into practical reality.
In order to exchange land with Mexico to settle the Chamizal dispute, the US federal government purchased both private and commercial properties. Nearly 5600 residents of El Paso neighborhoods such as Rio Linda and Cordova Gardens were required to move. Property owners received at least fair market value and were compensated for moving and some other expenses.
“I’m very satisfied."
The complete William Bass interview is available online through the University of Texas at El Paso Oral History Department.
"They told us that they would pay all our losses, but it was not that way."
The complete Ana Parra interview in Spanish is available online through the University of Texas at El Paso Oral History Department.
“First and foremost of most importance is our traditions. . . . they must continue. . . . as a tribe we must be respectful and continue our ceremonies and traditions.”
Last updated: October 20, 2020