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February 24, 1917 – We make Mexico a proposal of alliance.

British officials hand U.S. Ambassador Walter Hines Page a German message they have intercepted. The Zimmermann Telegram, as it is to become known, offers a pact with Mexico against the United States, with the promise that Mexico could regain some of its lost territory. It confirms what some American officials suspected was afoot.

Pictured here, a political cartoon indulges in stereotypes.


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February 25, 2017