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The Treaty of Cahuenga

February 16, 1997

* Re "Historical Facts," Jan. 26.

The capitulation at Cahuenga and the Treaty of Cahuenga are the same event; some favor the one or the other. Under the terms, each Mexican was to conform to U.S. law and accept the conditions of the capitulation by supporting the peace and tranquillity of the agreement, and all prisoners would be released. Those who did not wish to stay could leave for Mexico.

Lt. Col. John C. Fremont has some major historical detractors who dispute his outstanding record as an explorer, surveyor and soldier. He was a great American.

The treaty concluded the hostilities between Mexican and American forces in California. It relieved the military pressure on our western flank and set in place Campo de Cahuenga as the birthplace of California. The agreement was formalized at the treaty signing of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848.

Recently an MTA archeologist found the foundation of the Tomas Felez adobe where the treaty was signed. Action to receive national historical recognition for the preservation of the site is in place and funding is being sought to open portions of it to the public with the opening of the Campo de Cahuenga station in May 2000.

It's time for Campo de Cahuenga to become a historical educational site receiving its proper place in history.

GUY WEDDINGTON

McCREARY

North Hollywood

McCreary is president of the Campo de Cahuenga Historical Memorial Assn.

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