The Texas Revolution, 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…
This confrontation came to be know as the battle of Palo Alto. In this battle, Mexican troops led by General Mariano Arista and General Anastasio Torrejon faced off against American troops lead by General Zachary Taylor near the Rio Grande. Even though the Mexican troops were larger in quantity, the American troops had the upper hand in terms of training and artillery. According to Christopher Minster, the Americans shredded the Mexican lines and forced them to retreat while only receiving four fatal casualties and dealing hundreds. This overwhelming victory allowed for Taylor to gain control over the Rio Grande and therefore protecting Texas. The next confrontation of the Mexican-American War was the battle of Resaca de la Palma. This battle occurred the next day five miles away from the previous battle at Palo Alto. This was also a terrible defeat for the Mexican army. The Mexican troops fled south to the town of Matamoros in which many Mexican soldiers drowned in the Rio Grande due to the heavy weight of their equipments and guns. The next battle didn’t come three months later. . The battle of Monterrey occurred from September 20, 1846 to September 24, 1846. During the few months in between the last battle, the Mexican General Pedro de Ampudia had been heavily fortifying the city of Monterrey in anticipation of a Siege. General Zachary Taylor defying conventional military wisdom at the time decided …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

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