The Mexican War, And The Mexican-American War

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Many people tend to get the Spanish-American War, the Texas Revolution, and the Mexican-American War mixed up. The Texas Revolution occurred a few years before the Mexican-American war and even though it was not time wise part of this war, it can definitely be seen as an event that helped build momentum and fuel towards the confrontations what were to come between Mexico and the United States. The Spanish-American War, on the other hand came many decades after the Mexican-American War. This war did not involved Mexico at the least but instead it was a dispute between the United States and Spain. The Mexican-American War began in April 25th, 1846. This was the date in which both armies met at the Rio Grande and fire was first opened by the Mexican …show more content…
Santa Anna made a desperate attempt by marching thousands of determined soldiers toward the coast and the invading Americans. General Santa Anna ignored reports that his left flank was vulnerable, he thought that the ravines and dense chaparral to his left made it impossible for the americans to execute an attack from there. General Scott did not see it this way, and found a way to exploit this weakness. This attack resulted in over one thousand casualties from the Mexican army. Scott also positioned troops on the rear position of the Mexican encampment which prevented troops from escaping to Jalapa. Over three thousand Mexican soldiers were captured that day and Santa Anna almost lost his life. This battle would be know as what cleared the path for Scott 's troops to the heart of Mexico, Mexico City. The battle of Contreras and Churubusco took place 10 miles southwest of Mexico City. One of General Scott’s generals, Persifor Smith noticed a weakness in Mexican General Gabriel Valencia defense. This allowed for Smith to march forward and crush Valencia’s army. This made it so that the battle to come at Churubusco that same day would be a swift victory. Between these too battles, Mexican casualties rose to over four thousand. The final battle of the Mexican-American War was the battle over the capture of Mexico City. After the defeating the soldiers who were defending the causeways, the American troops arrived at Mexico city where they faced heavy resistance from the citizens of Mexican City as well as Mexican Soldiers. Once the soldiers had been defeated, General Winfield Scott preceded to capture Mexico City. General Santa Anna announced his resignation in a meeting with the generals and fled the city in fear of being captured. Manuel de la Peña became president after the resignation of Santa Anna and on September 14, 1847 Manuel de la Peña surrendered Mexico

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