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Taylor being sent to Rio Grande
Mariano taking the U.S. army as hostile
April 25, 1846
President James Polk ordered Taylor to move forces into Texas to defend the Rio Grande which is what the U.S. claims is the international border.
Officially declaring war
The General Mariano saw this as an invasion of Mexican territory.
During the battle
And in April, he finally took his soldiers across the river and attacked, starting the Battle of Palo Alto
Winning the battle
In the middle of the conflict, James Polk officially declared war on Mexico on May 13 and started to build the U.S. Army.
Already in a battle, on May 8 Taylor continued to fight for their border near Palo Alto.
In the end, Taylor won giving the first victory to the U.S. with 4 killed and 42 wounded.