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Vera Cruz

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Definition: American forces under General Winfield Scott made the country's first amphibious landing at Vera Cruz, a Mexican coastal city, on March 9, 1847. Before the Mexican Army knew it, 12,000 American troops were on land and marching toward Vera Cruz. They captured the city several days later. From there, it was a short, triumphant march to Mexico City, the capital.

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The 19th Century
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The Battle of Vera Cruz
More on this famous battle.

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

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