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 DEFEATED MEXICO!!!
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.
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.