The Mexican War (1846-1848)

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Through the Mexican War, the United States expanded its territory to the south, and all the way to the west coast of California.

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Events Leading to the War

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The United States and Mexico disagreed over the border between the countries. Mexico never recognized Texas as a separate territory, and the United States wanted Texas as a U.S. territory. In May, 1846, the United States declared war on Mexico.


The War

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The United States armies led by General Zachary Taylor, General Winfield Scott and Captain Fremont eventually defeated the Mexican army led by Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.


The Result

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As a result of the war, Mexico agreed to the Rio Grande River as the boundary between Texas and Mexico. Mexico also gave the United States the land consisting of California, Nevada, Utah and part of Arizona.


Books about the Mexican War

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Links to other sites on the Mexican War

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For a daily history lesson see AccentHistory.net http://www.accenthistory.net
PBS Mexican American War http://www.pbs.org/kera/usmexicanwar/

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