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In 1840 president Polk ordered Zachary Taylor to lead an army into the disputed region. Taylor led his troops to Rio Grande and camped Mexican troops. The 2 sides clashed and war was declared.
On August 18, 1846, Kerny captured Santa Fe without a fight. He claimed the city of New Mexico to the United States and left west to California, where another coonflict had already begun.
On June 14 hostilities began between Americans and Californios when the Americans took some horses that belonged to the Mexican Militia. This became known as the Bear Flag Revolt.
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