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The Mexican-American War

in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Mexican History and Culture

Published in print November 2018 | ISBN: 9780190680893
Published online January 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780190680909
The Mexican-American War

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The Mexican-American War ranks among the most consequential events in the history of both nations. Although the casus belli for the United States’s May 12, 1846, declaration of war was the Mexican ambush of a US Army patrol in the disputed Nueces Strip on April 25 of that year, two underlying causes rendered conflict inevitable. The dispute over Texas was the first, and the desire of both nations to control the Mexican provinces of Nuevo Mexico and California was the second. President James Knox Polk identified the acquisition of that territory as the principal objective of his administration....

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