Correspondence of Nicholas Philip Trist

Administrative / Biographical History

Nicholas Philip Trist (1800-1874) was an American diplomat. As the U.S. consul to Havana, he was embroiled in the illegal sales of Africans into slavery and events surrounding the Amistad.

During the Mexican-American War (1846-1848) he was sent by President Polk to negotiate an armistice with the Mexican president, Santa Anna, and was successful in negotiating the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, though this treaty would prove unpopular within certain circles of the U.S. government.