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Mexican Cession

 

Definition: War between Mexico and the United States over the independence of Texas and other territorial claims. The war lasted officially from 1846 to 1848 but had its unofficial beginnings mainly over the governing of Texas as early as the 1830s. Texas declared itself independent from Mexico in 1835, and the famous massacres at the Alamo and Goliad took place in 1836. Americans secured Texas independence at San Jacinto later in 1836. The U.S. annexed Texas in 1844. Two years later, war erupted. The Mexicans fought tough, but Americans prevailed in the end, including a stubborn charge up and over the walls of two large castles in and around Mexico City. As part of the settlement, Mexico agreed to give up more than half of its territory, which the U.S. convered eventually into several states. This was known as the Mexican Cession.

Related Resources:

Mexican War Operations Map

The Mexican-American War
Find out all about the war between Mexico and America.

The 19th Century
Get a glimpse of what life was like in the exciting 1800s.

Elsewhere on the Web:
The Mexican War
This PBS site gives you LOTS of information on the war with Mexico.

Causes of the Mexican-American War
Find the reasons behind the war.

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