Wilmot Proviso

Proposed legislative provision that slavery would be forbidden in any territory acquired by the United States in the Mexican-American war; triggered US political crisis leading to Compromise of 1850

The Wilmot Proviso was a suggested American law to outlaw slavery in territory acquired from Mexico in the Mexican–American War. The conflict over the Wilmot proviso was one of the main events leading to the American Civil War. [1]

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