General Zachary Taylor's Key Role In The Mexican-American War

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Since 1801, when Thomas Jefferson was sworn into presidency, Americans had become attracted to expansion. Their determination to expand is what led to the Louisiana Purchase, which doubled the nation’s size. Even long after Jefferson, Americans desired more land; especially lands of the west. On April 25, 1846, the Mexican-American War began giving them the states of California and Texas. The Mexican-American war brought forth six . Three primary wars included the Battle of Palo Alto, the Battle of Monterey, and the Battle of Mexico City; these battles would only last for two years until the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed (February 2, 1848) . The battle of Palo Alto could be considered as the first major encounter of the war. This battle…show more content…
On March 9, 1847, General Scott guided his soldiers to Mexico City where they would raise the American flag. The fleet had very few issues and were able to easily vanquish the Mexicans and conquer the city of Vera Cruz by March 29. On September 14, Scott’s dominant troops reached the capital of Mexico. On February 2, 1848, the Mexican-American war was ended when both American and Mexican representatives signed the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. This treaty not only ended the war, but formally acknowledged Texas as part of United States territory and allowed the U.S. to expand their boundaries further west. There are an endless amount of people who will argue the significance of the Mexican War. This war showed the strength of the American army. Although there were where the U.S. did not seem strong, they cannot argue with the fact that they gained the state Texas and expanded boundaries. Those accomplishments were not only major for the U.S. army, but for the people of the nation as well. If it were not for those skirmishes in Mexico, the nation would not have the expansion that they
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