Mexican American war. DISPUTE OR CONQUEST. REASONS FOR WAR. 1. MEXICO AND U.S. DISPUTE BORDER OF TEXAS 2. U.S. DEMANDED MEXICO PAY FOR AMERICAN PROPERTY DESTROYED IN MEXICO 3. MEXICO HAD KICKED OUT ALL AMERICANS LIVING IN CALIFORNIA. AFTER AMERICA.
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Mexican American war
DISPUTE OR CONQUEST
NS WERE TOLD TO LEAVE CALIFORNIA, MANY GOT TOGETHER
AND REFUSED TO LEAVE. THEY EVEN TOOK UP ARMS AND ATTACKED ANY MEXICAN OFFICIAL WHO TRIED TO CARRY OUT THEIR DUTY. SOON THERE WOULD BE FIGHTING IN CALIFORNIA AND A CALL FOR FREEDOM.
PRESIDENT POLK SENT GENERAL ZACHARY TAYLOR TO TEXAS TO GUARD TEXANS FROM ANY THREAT FROM MEXICO.
WHEN TAYLOR ARRIVED AT THE RIO GRANDE, HE FOUND MEXICAN TROOPS CAMPED ON THE OTHER SIDE.
MEXICO ORDERED TAYLOR AND HIS MEN TO GO BACK TO THE NUECES RIVER AT ONCE. TAYLOR REFUSED. ON APRIL 25, 1,600 MEXICAN CALVARY ATTACKED 60 U.S. SOLDIERS, later a battle would be fought at PALO ALTO
TAYLOR SENT WORD TO WASHINGTON THAT AMERICA HAD BEEN ATTACKED. CONGRESS DECLARED WAR ON MAY 13, 1846
As soon as Americans heard they were at war, A fever set in. Thousands of men enlisted and joined the army looking to avenge Davy Crocket and teach Santa Anna a lesson.
So many men joined up from Tennessee that the state was called the Volunteer State.
NOT EVERY ONE AGREED WITH THE WAR. SOME FELT IT WAS A PLOY TO GRAB LAND FROM THE U.S. WEAKER NEIGHBOR MEXICO.
IN FACT, A YOUNG SENATOR BY THE NAME OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN ACCUSED PRESIDENT POLK OF ILLEGALY CROSSING OVER INTO MEXICO TO START A WAR OF CONQUEST.
THOUGH LINCOLN’S OUTCRY WAS NOBLE. HE WAS IN THE MINORITY OF THOUGHT. MOST AMERICANS WERE FOR THE WAR
3 PRONG ATTACK
1. KEARNEY ATTACK FROM THE EAST
2. TAYLOR WOULD ATTACK FROM THE NORTH
3. WINFIELD SCOTT WOULD ATTACK
BATTLE OF MONTERREY
SEPT 24, 1846
THOUGH THE AMERICANS WIN THIS BATTLE ,MANY OUR KILLED FIGHTING STREET TO STREET AND HOUSE TO HOUSE.
TEXAS RANGERS EVEN SAY THEY NEVER RESPECTED MEXICAN FIGHTING UNTIL TODAY
The flag will fly with 28 stars. The 28th star represents the newest state Texas.
BATTLE OF BUENA VISTA
SANTA ANNA HAD SURROUNDED GENERAL TAYLOR AND DEMANDED
THE REPLY WAS GIVEN” TAYLOR NEVER SURRENDERS”
TEXAS RANGERS WERE A VITAL PART OF THE WAR. THEY KNEW THE LAND, THE PEOPLE, AND HOW TO FIGHT LIKE THERE WAS NO TOMORROW.
UNFORTUNATELY, THEY LIKED TO DRINK A LOT, WOULDN’T OBEY ORDERS FROM THE U.S. MILITARY AND HAD A BAD HABIT OF NOT TAKING PRISONERS.
THE MEXICANS CALLED THEM LOS DIABLOS TEJANOS
HOWEVER, TIME AND TIME AGAIN RANGERS LIKE R.I.P FORD AND COFFEE HAYES SAVED TAYLOR AND HIS MEN FROM CERTAIN DEATH.
UNFORTUNATELY FOR OUR FRIEND JUAN SEGUIN. BECAUSE OF DISCRIMINATION BY NEW AMERICANS COMING INTO TEXAS TO FIGHT IN THE WAR, AND FEARING FOR HIS SAFETY.
HE AND OTHER PROMINENT TEJANOS FLED WITH THEIR FAMILIES TO MEXICO.
WHILE IN MEXICO HE WAS FORCED TO JOIN THE MEXICAN ARMY.
HE WILL NEVER RETURN TO Texas WHERE HE AND HIS FATHER BEFORE HIM WERE BORN.
BATTLE OF CHAPULTEPEC PARK
SURRENDER OF MEXICO CITY TO GENERAL WINFIELD SCOTT
“PRESIDENT POLK ASSIGNED NICHOLAS TRISTWITH NEGOTIATING A PEACE TREATY.
There shall be firm and universal peace between the United States of America and the Mexican Republic, and between their respective Countries, territories, cities, towns and people, without exception of places or persons."
- The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo,1848
MEXICO LOSES ALMOST HALF OF ITS LAND TO THE U.S.