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1946-1948 Mexican American War for Kids and Teachers Illustration

Mexican American War

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For Kids

April 21, 1836: A New Country is Formed - The Republic of Texas: Texas used to be a state in Mexico, the Mexican State of Texas. Texas fought Mexico for independence and won! Texas became a country, the Republic of Texas.

Border Skirmishes: There was a great deal of disputed territory that Texas insisted was part of Texas. Mexico insisted it belonged to Mexico. There were constant border skirmishes.

1845: Texas becomes the 28th US State: To solve things, Texas asked to be annexed into the United States. Texas believed joining with the United States would end their battle with Mexico. 

1846-48, The Mexican-American War: Still, border skirmishes continued. This was a major cause of the Mexican-American war, a war America won. The battle cry, “Remember the Alamo” rang out again.

It was an important war because it changed the shape of both Mexico and the United States. Here is a quick and interactive story of this war and its outcome: Mexican American War interactive 

For Teachers

Manifest Destiny and the Power of Perspective

Manifest Destiny & Commercial Conquest of the United States

Manifest Destiny and the U.S.-Mexican War- Then and Now

The Beginning of the War – Two Views on Texas

The Penny Press, Walt Whitman and the War

Is the Media Part of the Story

Soldiers Find a Voice

Songs of War

Legacy of the War – Gold Rush and Foreign Miners’ Tax

Creating a War Memorial

Treaty of Guadalupe

Free Presentations in PowerPoint format for the Mexican American War

See Also: The Alamo

Resources

Western Expansion

Free Clip Art

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