Texas Revolution and Mexican American War

There is considerable opinion in the US and nearly universal opinion in Mexico that the Mexican American War was a war of aggression against Mexico. There has been a tremendous amount of misinformation on this subject and we need to follow the facts.

Seldom in history has a country which made repeated attempts to avoid war with another country been branded an aggressor and the country which refused every attempt to peacefully resolve disputes and repeatedly call for war been labeled the victim.  Yet this is exactly what happened with the US and Mexico over the Mexican American war of 1846.  The US has been branded the aggressor for over a century and a half while Mexico has loudly proclaimed itself the victim.

The Mexican American War of 1846-48 was actually a continuation of the Texas War for Independence fought 10 years earlier. The facts conclusively prove that Mexico’s leader, General Santa Anna, provoked the Texas rebellion in 1835. The cause of the Mexican American War 10 years later was Mexico’s refusal to honor the peace agreement with Texas after being defeated in the 1835-36 war.  Mexico vowed never ending war on Texas until they reconquered the land. When Texas voted to join the US in 1845 for their own protection. Mexico declared - repeatedly - that war with the United States was inevitable. In 1846, General Mariano Parades overthrew the existing government with one stated objective - start a war with the United States and retake Texas. Mexico was eager to start the war because they were confident they would defeat the US.

Also, there was a lot of hatred and hostility between the US and Mexico because of the brutality and massacres committed by Mexico’s dictator, General Santa Anna, during the Texas war for Independence. Mexico - mostly Santa Anna - continued to inflame this hatred during the years between the 2 wars. 

Historical revisionists claim we used Texas to provoke a war with Mexico so we could take the southwest US from Mexico. There is no truth to this claim.  Mexico absolutely refused to negotiate a peace deal over Texas. Mexico started this war all by themselves.


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Origins of the Texas Revolution of 1835

There was no American conspiracy to Steal Texas from Mexico

Texas War for Independence - 1835-1836

Causes of the Mexican American War of 1846

Summation - Why War was inevitable

Mexican American War (1846-1848)

Peace Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and Aftermath of the War

The Mexican American War today

Frequently Asked Questions

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