Background of the Mexican War

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The Mexican War was likely an unnecessary conflict with multiple causes, including the following:

Map of Mexican War Results

Despite being inclined toward war, President Polk did attempt a diplomatic fix by sending the Slidell Mission to Mexico City. Diplomatic failure was followed quickly by hostilities and warfare developed on the following fronts:

Some, including Ulysses S. Grant, viewed the conflict as an unjust war and regretted their participation.

Peace was achieved in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and the results of the war had both immediate and long-term consequences.

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