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What Borders Mexico

by Vishal Kumar

Mexico is a country in southern North America, with extensive coastlines on the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. In the north there is a 3,169 km long border separating Mexico and the United States. Mexico is also bordered by Guatemala, and Belize.

The border traverses varied topography and areas ranging from urban centers to some uninhabited terrain. The border further runs along the Rio Grande from the Me Mexican Gulf to the area where the border crosses El Paso, Texa s and Chihuahu a, from there it moves westward and passes through the Colorado river delta and Sonoran and reaches the Baja California peninsula, it moves further till it meet the Pacific ocean.

As per the report of the International Boundary and Water Commission, the length of this border is 3,141 kilometers. This Mexico-US border is more famous for the huge number of people passing through this every year. It is estimated that about 350 million people cross this border annually. This International Border between Mexico and the United States is also known for the huge illegal crossings.

The closeness of the two countries, which have a huge difference in lifestyle, is one of the primary reasons for the migrations that take place along the border. The US Federal Government has officials posted at the border to check this influx of people through the border. Disputes are common occurrences at the International border of Mexico and the United States. In the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, in 1848, and the Gadsden Purchase of 1853, the current course of the border was settled.

The uncertainty of the fact whether the border follows the course of the Rio Grande or the River Nueces was one of the main and primary causes of the Mexican-American War in 1846-48.

Chihuahua shares the longest border in Mexico while Nuevo Leon meets the shortest of this International border in Mexico.

This huge and famous International border has always been in the news either for political or judicial reasons, which always added to the cause of attention and attraction of this famous border.

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