Mexican War

Mexican War
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  • The border between Texas and Mexico is is the Rio Grande!
  • No, the border is the Nueces River!
  • James K. Polk
  • Is it okay if we buy your land?
  • I want to buy New Mexico and California from Mexico.
  • No!
  • Because Mexico declined, Polk sent General Zachory Taylor to march in between the rivers to see if Mexico would shoot first. On April 25th, 1986, they did. On May 13th, Congress voted to go to war with Mexico.
  • Polk had three main goals to win the war
  • General Taylor accomplished the first goal in 1847
  • Take control of New Mexico and California
  • Push Mexican forces out of Texas
  • Capture Mexico City
  • General John C. lead a revolt against Mexico in California and won. California was independent of Mexico. Soon, General Winfield Scott and his troops captured Mexico City.
  • General Stephen Kearney led American troops down the Santa Fe Trail and captured Sante Fe, New Mexico's capital. Then, he made his way to California
  • In 1848, a treaty ended the war. Mexico agreed that the border between Mexico and Texas was Rio Grande. They gave away more than 500,000 square miles. In return, the U.S. paid Mexico 15 million dollars.
  • Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
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