They included California being admitted as a free state and the borders of Texas being settled, with areas ceded by Texas becoming the recognized territories of New Mexico and Utah. The slave trade was also abolished in the District of Columbia, and the Fugitive Slave Actthe Fugitive Slave ActFugitive Slave Acts, in U.S. history, statutes passed by Congress in 1793 and 1850 (and repealed in 1864) that provided for the seizure and return of runaway slaves who escaped from one state into another or into a federal territory. › event › Fugitive-Slave-ActsFugitive Slave Acts | Definition & History | Britannica was passed

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