Global tectonic reconstructions of pre‐Cenozoic plate motions rely primarily on paleomagnetic and geological data from the continents, and uncertainties increase significantly with deepening geological time. In attempting to improve such deep‐time plate kinematic reconstructions, restoring lost oceanic plates through the use of geological and seismic tomographical evidence for past subduction is key. The North American Cordillera holds a record of subduction of oceanic plates that composed the northeastern Panthalassa Ocean, the large oceanic realm surrounding Pangea in Mesozoic times. Here we present new paleomagnetic data from subduction‐related rock assemblages of the Vizcaíno Peninsula of Baja California, Mexico, which yield a paleolatitudinal plate motion history equal to that of the North American continent since Late Triassic time. This indicates that the basement rocks of the Vizcaíno Peninsula formed in the forearc of the North American Plate, adjacent to long‐lived eastward dipping subduction at the southern part of the western North American continental margin. Tomographic images confirm long‐lived, uninterrupted eastward subduction. We correlate episodes of overriding plate shortening and extension to flat and steep segments of the imaged slab. By integrating paleomagnetic, geological, and tomographic evidence, we provide a first‐order model that reconciles absolute North American plate motion and the deformation history of Mexico since Late Triassic time with modern slab structure.
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