Mexican Cession

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Mexican Cession
By
Hannah Wilson

What is Cession
What does Cession Mean?
It means to give up or surrender something Mexican Cession means that Mexico gave up large amounts of land such as
California and New Mexico to the
United States.

History behind Mexican Cession
In December 1845 the United States voted to make
Texas the 28th State. Mexico thought that we had the boundaries wrong and that part of Texas still belong to
Mexico. The United States thought the line was the Rio
Grand River, but Mexico thought it was another river far inside of the Texas border. The United States President
James K. Polk wanted to meet with Mexico and settle the argument about where the Texas line was and talk about buying more land from Mexico. Mexico refused to meet. Mexico had a new president Santa Anna who did not want to talk.

What Happened Next…
When Mexico refused to meet with the United States
President Palk order our military to the border. On
April 25, 1846 the Mexican Calvary crossed the Rio
Grande river into Texas and began fighting with our military and that was the beginning of the Mexican
American war. That event was very important in history because it would determine how much land Mexico would eventually have to give up. (Reference -Social
Studies for Kids, website cited below)
1. Mexico

gave up over 500,000 square miles of territory to the United States http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/wwww/us/mexicancessiondef.htm

How did the War End…
The United States won the war by driving the Mexican army out of California, New Mexico and other parts of the country all the way back to Mexico City. General Zachary
Taylor took on the Mexican army with just 6000 men against 20,000 Mexican troops. The United States and
Mexico then signed a treaty where Mexico agreed to give up the area north of the Rio Grande and in return the…...

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