The Mexican-American War was a conflict between the United States and Mexico over the annexation of Texas in 1845. The war lasted two years, ending with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which gave the U.S. control of large parts of modern-day Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas, and parts of Colorado and Wyoming. The war was a major turning point in U.S. history, leading to the U.S. becoming a world power.
The Mexican-American War (1846-1848)
Mexican-American War: A conflict between Mexico and the United States that lasted from 1846 to 1848. It was fought over the disputed territory of Texas, as well as other issues such as slavery and the expansion of the United States. Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo: The treaty that ended the Mexican-American War. It was signed by Mexico and the United States in 1848 and it ceded much of the disputed territory to the United States. Manifest Destiny: The belief of many Americans in the mid-1800s that it was the destiny of the United States to expand its territory and power across North America.
The Mexican-American War was the first major conflict fought entirely by U.S. soldiers on foreign soil. During the Mexican-American War, several former US presidents served as commanders in the US military, including James K. Polk, Zachary Taylor, and John C. Fremont. Santa Ana, the leader of Mexico during the Mexican-American War, had served as the president of Mexico on eleven separate occasions.
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Work together in pairs: What were the primary causes of the Mexican-American War?
Work together in pairs: What were the political, economic, and social consequences of the Mexican-American War?
Brain break: Create a drawing of a scene from a futuristic world that includes a flying car, a robot, and a human. The drawing should also include a description of how the elements interact in the scene. The 8th grade students should create a drawing that depicts a scene from a futuristic world. In the drawing, there should be a flying car, a robot, and a human. The drawing should also include a description of how the elements interact in the scene. For example, the human could be driving the flying car with the robot in the passenger seat, or the robot could be helping the human fix the car. The students should use their imaginations to come up with a creative and interesting scene.
What year did the Mexican-American War begin?
What was the cause of the Mexican-American War?
- Mexico declared war on the United States
- Mexico invaded Texas
- The United States declared war on Mexico
- The United States invaded Mexico
Which US President ordered troops to the US-Mexico border?
- James Madison
- James Monroe
- John Tyler
- James Polk
Which state was annexed as a result of the Mexican-American War?
- New Mexico
Who was the leader of Mexico during the Mexican-American War?
- Ignacio Comonfort
- Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna
- Juan Alvarez
- Jose Joaquin de Herrera