Tuesday, October 26, 2010
James Gadsden, a prominent South Carolina railroad man, negotiated a treaty in 1853, which ceded to the United States the Gadsden Purchase area for $10 million. The Gadsden Purchase enabled the South to claim the coveted railroad with even greater insistence. A southern track was easier to build due to the mountains and becuz the route would not pass through unorganized territory. The transaction of the Gadsden Purchase aroused much criticism amoung northerners who objected to paying a huge sum for a cactus-strewn desert nearly the size of Gadsden's South Carolina. The senate approved the pact.