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Mexican American War

Large territory expansion for the US 1846-1848

In the wake of the Texan war for Independence and the United States of America's annexation of the territory there were disputes by Mexico over the border of Texas and the legality of the US's annexation.

Through many battles Mexico was soundly defeated. Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ended the war and gave the U.S. undisputed control of Texas, established the U.S.-Mexican border of the Rio Grande River, and ceded to the United States the present-day states of California, Nevada, Utah, and parts of Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Wyoming. In return, Mexico received US $15,000,000.

This war is also seen as a "rehearsal for conflict" because many of the most famed generals and army commanders, north and south, in the Civil War served in Mexico.

See also: the Battle of Churubusco, the Battle of Monterrey, the Battle of Vera Cruz, and the Battle of Buena Vista.

Submitted By:  David Allison


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