Gonzales in Ascension Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
Mexico Will Poison Us
Ralph Waldo Emerson
One of America's most important literary figures, Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 - April 27, 1882), wrote these words that turned out to be prophetic. Before the Mexican-American War began, Emerson predicted that "the U.S. will conquer Mexico, but it will be as the man swallows the arsenic, which brings him down in turn. Mexico will poison us." Emerson turned out to be correct. The new territories gained in the Mexican war revived the slavery issue that had remained relatively dormant since the Missouri Compromise in 1820. Through the 1850s, the slavery issue would be the dominant one dividing the nation. The relationship between south and north had indeed been poisoned as Emerson predicted. Unfortunately, the antidote the nation chose to use was a miserable, ruinous civil war.
Location. 30° 13.695′ N, 90° 54.804′ W. Marker is in Gonzales, Louisiana, in Ascension Parish. Marker can be reached from South Irma Boulevard 0.3 miles north of East Worthey Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gonzales LA 70737, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Mexican-American War (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named The Mexican-American War Star Spangled Banner (a few steps from this marker); The Battle of New Orleans, 1815 (a few steps from this marker); The War of 1812 (a few steps from this marker); Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gonzales.
More about this marker. Located in the Gonzales Veterans Memorial Park
Categories. • War, Mexican-American •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 7, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 11, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 109 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 11, 2018.