What were the causes, conduct and consequences of the Mexican War of 1846?

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    Mexican–American War

    A painting of the Battle of Veracruz.

    Date April 25, 1846 – February 2, 1848

    Location Texas, New Mexico, California; Northern, Central, and Eastern Mexico; Mexico City

    Result American victory; the signing of Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and Mexican Cession.


    United States Mexico


    James K. Polk

    Zachary Taylor

    Winfield Scott

    Stephen W. Kearny Antonio López de Santa Anna

    Mariano Arista

    Pedro de Ampudia

    José Mariá Flores


    78,700 soldiers 25,000–40,000 soldiers

    Casualties and losses

    13,271 total dead

    4,152 wounded

    at least 9,200 deserted or defected[1]

    5,130 Soldiers dead

    856 civilians killed

    Unknown dead from disease [2]

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    The Mexican–American War was an armed conflict between the United States and Mexico from 1846 to 1848 in the wake of the 1845 U.S. annexation of Texas. Mexico claimed ownership of Texas as a breakaway province and refused to recognize the secession and subsequent military victory by Texas in 1836.

    In the U.S. the conflict is often referred to simply as the Mexican War and sometimes as the U.S.–Mexican War. [3] In Mexico, terms for it include Intervención Estadounidense en México (American intervention in Mexico), Invasión Estadounidense de México (American[a] Invasion of Mexico), and Guerra del 47 (The War of '47).

    The most important consequences of the war for the United States were the Mexican terms of surrender under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, in which the Mexican territories of Alta California and Santa Fe de Nuevo México were ceded to the United States. In Mexico, the enormous loss of territory following the war encouraged its government to enact policies to colonize its remaining northern territories as a hedge against further losses.[citation needed] In addition the Rio Grande became the boundary between Texas and Mexico, and Mexico never again claimed ownership of Texas

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