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Mexican War Broadsides and Letter

Identifier: MSS-4325

Scope and Contents

This collection contains three broadsides from Mexican government offices and one letter from an American during the Mexican War pertaining to decrees to raise funds, a decree in response to the Revolt of the Polkos, and the political tensions within Mexico surrounding the war. The broadsides are written in Spanish and the letter is written in English.


  • 1847 - 1848

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Biographical / Historical

The Mexican War (1846-1848) followed the annexation of Texas to the United States which disregarded Mexico's claim to that territory. Other disputed territories were in modern day New Mexico and California, with a strong military presence in those areas as well as battles fought in northern and central Mexico. During the war, Mexico experienced political divisions and a weakened military that impeded the war effort. Conservative and liberal factions in the government and military were distracted by infighting rather than focusing their efforts against the United States. There was a quick turnover in Mexican presidencies during this time with some heads of state holding office for just a few days or weeks. The turnovers were caused by accusations from opposing political parties and military officers. Eventually, with a weakened military and the United States occupying the Mexican capital, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was negotiated and ended the war.


.1 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

Spanish; Castilian


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Repository Details

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