Mexican-American War

The map of the United States changed dramatically in the 19th century. Join Tim and Moby as they explore how America acquired a huge amount of land through the Mexican-American War. You’ll learn about the roots of the conflict in the Texas Revolution and see how pivotal battles like the Alamo shaped the American public’s attitude toward its southern neighbor. Tim will show you how Texas’ annexation as the 28th state led to the Mexican-American War, and give you a look at a few important battles. You’ll also meet some of the major figures in this conflict, including General Antonio López de Santa Anna, Sam Houston, President James Polk, General Zachary Taylor, and General Winfield Scott. Finally, you’ll learn why historians view the war as one of America’s darkest periods, and how it still influences Mexican-American relations today.

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