What Was the Cause and Effect of the Compromise of 1850?


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The cause of the Compromise of 1850 was the issue of slavery. The results include admission of California as a free state, the end of slavery in Washington, D.C, creation of New Mexico and Utah territories and the ability of southerners to reclaim their slaves.

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The Compromise consisted of five laws that involved the issue of slavery. The senator of Kentucky, Henry Clay, introduced several resolutions to prevent the occurrence of a crisis between the South and the North. The Compromise of 1850 resulted in the amendment of the Fugitive Slave Act. Settling a boundary dispute between New Mexico and Texas resulted in the establishment of a territorial government in New Mexico.

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