Collection of letters and documents related to the Mexican War and settlement of Texas.
Relations between the U.S. and Mexico disintegrated after the annexation of Texas by the U.S. in 1845. In November of that
year, President Polk's emissary to Mexico, John Slidell, failed to negotiate the differences, and in January 1846 the president
sent American troops under General Zachary Taylor into the disputed territory bounded by the Nueces and Rio Grande Rivers
in Texas. When the Mexicans attacked and captured an American patrol party, Polk urged Congress to declare war. Following
the battle of Matamoros, Taylor proceeded inland with his army, and reached the town of Monterrey, where he engaged in battle
with the defending troops of General Pedro de Ampudia. After three days of combat, the Mexicans surrendered and negotiated
an armistice with General Taylor. The Americans occupied the city of Monterrey until the end of the war.
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