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On January 9th 1917 a message was sent from Germany to the German minister in Mexico This message later to be known as the Zimmermann Telegram was the final piece to a German plot to embroil the United States into a war with Mexico Japan or both in order to cripple Allied supply lines fueling Allied operations in Europe The actual telegram was translated to as followsWe intend to begin on the first of February unrestricted submarine warfare We shall endeavor in spite of this to keep the united States of America neutral In the event of this not succeeding we make Mexico a proposal or alliance on the following basis make war together make peace together generous financial support and an understanding on our part that Mexico is to reconquer the lost territory in Texas New Mexico and Arizona The settlement in detail is left to you You will inform the President of the above most secretily as soon as the outbreak of war with the United States of America is certain and add the suggestion that he should on his own initiative invite Japan to immediate adherence and at the same time mediate between Japan and ourselves Please call the Presidents attention to the fact that the ruthless employment of our submarines now follows the prospect of compelling England in a few months to make peace Considering this telegram was sent to Mexico it shows Mexican importance in this war Mexico had two thousand miles of undefended coastline on the Pacific Her northern boarder with the United States stretched for twelve hundred miles from Texas to California touching all along all along its length against territory that had once been her own Mexicans remembered the Alamo too Mexico was in short the soft underbelly of the United States Mexico also had a system of railways which connected to the United States at key points which
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