The Mexican-American War
Chronicle of America's Wars Series
In the 1830s, Mexico was more than twice the size that it is today and included the land that later would become Texas. Having recently won its independence from Spain, the new Mexican government was struggling to maintain control of its vast territories. Texas took advantage of this turmoil, declared itself an independent nation, and later joined the United States of America. From 1846 to 1848, Mexico and the United States engaged in a struggle over Texas that became known as the Mexican-American War. The U.S. victory in the war and later negotiations brought Texas, California, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and parts of Colorado and Wyoming into the United States. The Mexican-American War takes a comprehensive look at a volatile time in American history and includes the role of women and minorities, weaponry, medical care, and more. Eyewitness quotes and first-person accounts give readers a snapshot of the people and experiences of a war on North American soil.
Reading level: Grade 6
For ages 10 and older