The Mexican-American war was a dispute in which the US president Polk wanted the Mexican northern territories known as Aztlan. the war ended in febuary, 2nd, 1848, with the signing of the treaty of guadalupe.
The Start of the War
the US put troops near the disputed texan border. fearing the US would attack, the Mexican troops fired, starting the war.
Those involved with the war
US president polk was the reason for the start of the war, wanting the united states to be coast to coast. the general that commanded the US army was general winfield scott and general Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana led the mexican army.
How the war ended
The US attacked the castle of chapultapec, taking it over until 6 young cadets fought until the very end with the last one wrapping himself in a mexican flag and jumping to his death. The war ended with the signing of the treaty of Guadalupe and with the US gaining the Mexican northern territories.
The Mexican-American war has a connection to chicano studies because of the concept of homeland and how aztlan was taken by force by the us. many people that called aztlan their homeland, suddenly had to leave and move south towards mexico.