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Wilmot Proviso Significance

What is the significance of the Wilmot Proviso?

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The Wilmot Proviso was a proposal by David Wilmot in 1846 that would have banned slavery in any territory that the United States gained from Mexico as a result of the war between the United States and Mexico; however, the entire Congress never passed this proposal. The proposal passed the House of Representatives because the North had more representatives as its population was greater than that of the South. However, it didn’t pass the Senate because there was an equal number of free- and slave-states. The free states voted to pass it while pro-slavery states were against its passage.

This proposal was significant because it showed how divisive the issue of slavery was in the country. The North was against the spread of...

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Wilmot proviso was specifically provided for the prohibition of slavery in lands acquired from Mexico in the Mexican war. Congress did not pass the Wilmot Proviso. This was one of the causes of the Civil War.

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It led to the Civil War- The BLOODIEST War in American History.