History of the War Between Mexico and the United States With a Preliminary View of Its Origin,: 1 by Brantz Mayer (2 star ratings)The war which broke out between the United States of North America and the Mexican Republic, in the spring of 1846, is an event of great importance in the history of the world. Profound peace had reigned among Christian nations, since the downfall of Napoleon; and, with the exception of internal discords in France, Belgium, Poland and Greece, the civilized world had cause to believe that mankind would henceforth resort to the cabinet rather than the field for the settlement of international disputes. The recent conflicts between the French and the Arabs in Algeria, and between the British and Indian races, have been characterized by ferocity and endurance. But, it will be recollected these encounters took place between nations unequal alike in religion, morals, law, and civilization. The temper or character of Mahomedans was not to be measured by that of Christians nor had we just reason to hope for a pacific or temporizing spirit in people whose savage habits have ever rendered them prompt to return invasion by a blow, and make war the precursor of negotiation. It was, thus, reserved for the Mexicans, whose blood is mixed with that of an Arab ancestry, to exhibit the spectacle of continual domestic broils, and, latterly of a positive warfare against a nation whose friendly hand was the first to summon them into the pale of national independence.
When Georgia Howled: Sherman on the March
I recently asked a group of mostly American students to identify important military figures in wars involving the United States. But they went blank trying to remember heroes from other wars, including one in particular: the Mexican-American War of — Are there some wars that nations prefer to forget? Such collective amnesia is odd, since the Mexican-American War marked such a pivotal moment in the history of both countries. For the United States, the war heralded the triumph of Manifest Destiny while also nurturing the 19th-century notion of the invincible Anglo-Saxon man, destined to rule over lesser peoples, brown and black.
The Mexican-American war in a nutshell
It followed in the wake of the U. In , newly elected U. President James K. Polk , who saw the annexation of Texas as the first step towards a further expansion of the United States,  sent troops to the disputed area and a diplomatic mission to Mexico. After Mexican forces attacked U. Meanwhile, the Pacific Squadron of the U. Navy blockaded the Pacific coast farther south in lower Baja California Territory.
Mid-May marks two key anniversaries in the conflict between the United States and Mexico that set in motion the Civil War—and led to California, Texas, and eight other states joining the Union. Then, on May 26, , both sides ratified the peace treaty that ended the conflict. The conflict centered on the independent Republic of Texas, which opted to join the United States after establishing its independence from Mexico a decade earlier. The new U. Polk, also wanted Texas as part of the United States, and his predecessor, John Tyler, had a late change of heart and started the admission process before he left office. The U. Mexico considered the annexation of Texas as an act of war.
This is a list of wars involving the United Mexican States. Crown of Castile s— Spain s— United States. Confederate States — United States —