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The war with Mexico had fundamentally broken out because of Americas rapidexpansion and confidence due to their great size and wealth Also because Mexico hadowed money to America many people thought that they could obtain the moneyforcefully Furthermore Mexico had never fully recognized Texas independance and tomaintane their pride broke off diplomatic relations when the US annexed the republic President Polk ordered General Zachary Taylor into Texas to defend the border which atthe time was in dispute In July 1845 Taylor reached the Nuccess River with about1500 toops and crossed into the disputed area He did not go all the way to the RioGrande to avoid provoking the Mexicans and instead stopped at Corpus Christi InNovember Polk sent a delegate John Slidell to try and make negotiations about thedisputed land Slidell was given the right to cancel the Mexican debt in return forrecognition of the annexation of Texas and approval of the Rio Grande border thatAmerica had wanted He was also authorized to offer 30 million dollars to Mexico forall or part of New Mexico and California The Mexican government refused the offersand their claim to Texas was reinstated By late March 1846 Taylors army had grownto about 4000and had taken positions in the Mexican town of Matamoros The Mexicanscrossed the river in April and attacked an American mounted patrol They were drivenback easily but Polk asked congress to declare war anyway Congress accepted andwithout declaring war voted to raise and supply an additional 50000 troops Even in thefirst battle the result was obvious Within a week the Mexicans had been driven acrossthe Rio Grande and General Taylor had his troops firmly established on the southernbank The Mexican War was fought between the United States and Mexico from May1846 to February 1848 It was significant because it led to the Mexican Cession of 1848 This was the ceding of New Mexico and Alta California to the United States by Mexicoas a result of the US
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