What societal challenges have Mexican-Americans faced since the Mexican-American War and how can they be addressed today?
The Mexican-American War (1846-1848) was a conflict between the United States and Mexico which resulted in the U.S. gaining control of a large portion of land. The war was fought mainly in the present day states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and parts of Colorado. The U.S. victory in the war led to the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the war and granted the U.S. control of the land.
The Mexican-American War
Mexican-American War: A conflict between the United States and Mexico that lasted from 1846 to 1848. The war was fought primarily in the present-day states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo: The treaty that ended the war, signed on February 2, 1848. Under the terms of the treaty, Mexico ceded a large portion of its territory to the United States. Manifest Destiny: The 19th-century doctrine that the United States was destined to expand from coast to coast. The phrase was used to justify the U.S. annexation of Mexican territory during the Mexican-American War.
The Mexican-American War was fought from April 1846 to February 1848. It was the first war that the United States entered as a result of a foreign policy decision. During the war, the U.S. Army captured the important port city of Veracruz, Mexico on March 29, 1847. This was the first time in history that the U.S. Army captured a foreign city. The U.S. Army used camels in the Mexican-American War. The camels were used to carry supplies across the desert. This is one of the first times camels were used in the United States military.
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Why was the Mexican-American War fought?
What were the major causes of the war?
What do you think about the treaty that ended the war?
What could have been done differently to avoid the war?
Brain break: Create a drawing of a mythical creature that has the head and body of a lion, the wings of an eagle, and the tail of a snake. Be creative and include details such as the creature's habitat, special features, and any other details you can think of.
Question: What led up to the Mexican-American War? Clues: • The US claimed that Mexico had stolen land in Texas • Texas declared independence from Mexico in 1836 • The US declared war on Mexico in 1846 In pairs: Select and solve one of the tasks: A. Draw a timeline of the events that led up to the Mexican-American War B. Create a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the causes of the Mexican-American War
What was the cause of the Mexican-American War?
- The annexation of Texas
- The border dispute between Mexico and the US
- The Gulf of Mexico
- The Oregon Trail
What year did the Mexican-American War begin?
Which US president was in office during the Mexican-American War?
- James K. Polk
- John Tyler
- Andrew Jackson
- James Monroe
What was the result of the Mexican-American War?
- Mexico ceded California, New Mexico, Arizona, and parts of Texas, Utah, and Colorado to the US
- The US ceded California, New Mexico, Arizona, and parts of Texas, Utah, and Colorado to Mexico
- The US and Mexico agreed to trade land
- Mexico and the US agreed to a cease-fire
What was the duration of the Mexican-American War?
- 2 years
- 3 years
- 4 years
- 5 years
Work together in pairs: What impact did the Mexican-American War have on the United States?