Mexican American war

Mexican American war

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  • The Mexican-American War begins. Led by General Anastacio Torrejon, 2,000 Mexican troops cross north of the Rio Grande River and ambush U.S. troops at Fort Texas. The Mexican-American war begins.
  • April 25, 1846
  • The U.S. wins the Battle of Palo Alto. U.S. troops defeat Mexico at the Battle of Palo Alto, which was  the first official battle of the war. General Taylor declares victory when Mariano Arista's Mexican troops retreat.
  • May 8, 1846
  • WE lost!
  • The U.S. wins the Battle of Resaca de la Palma. The Battle of Resaca de la Palma begins when Mexican troops attack Fort Texas, which they believe is located in Mexican territory. Mexican troops are forced to retreated and suffer anywhere between 250 and 400 injuries.
  • May 9, 1846
  • The U.S won again!?
  • Congress officially declares war on Mexico. President James Polk addresses Congress and says them that Mexico has invaded U.S. lands and that blood has been shed. Congress approves the declaration of war, but some Americans are against it and think that Polk is simply trying to take more land for the U.S.
  • May 13, 1846
  • We declare war on Mexico!
  • The Bear Flag Revolt begins. Concerned about Mexican rule, a group of California settlers rebels against Mexico and declares that California is an independent republic. Independence is short because the U.S. begins occupying California soon after that.
  • June 1846
  • Stephen Kearny leads the U.S. army in the occupation of New Mexico. General Stephen Kearny takes an army of about 2,500 men into Santa Fe, New Mexico. They are met with no resistance and easily take control of New Mexico.
  • August 14, 1846
  • This way to New Mexico. 
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