The Texas Revolution and the U.S.–Mexican War

A Concise History


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About the Book

This narrative history describes the events preceding, and the prosecution of, the Texas Revolution and the U.S.–Mexican War. It begins with the introduction of the empresario system in Mexico in 1823, a system of land distribution to American farmers and ranchers in an attempt to strengthen the postwar economy following Mexico’s independence from Spain. Once welcomed as fellow countrymen, the new settlers, homesteading on land destined to be called Texas, were viewed as enemies when in 1835 they revolted against the government’s harsh Centralist rulings.
Winning independence from Mexico and recognition from the United States as the independent Republic of Texas only intensified the Mexican refusal to accept their loss of Texas as legitimate. The final straw for both sides came when Texas was granted U.S. statehood and 11 American soldiers were ambushed and murdered. As a result, Congress declared war on Mexico, a bloody conflict that resulted in the U.S. gain of 525,000 square miles.

About the Author(s)

Paul Calore has written on the causes of the Civil War, as well as books about its naval and land campaigns. He is a supporting member of the Civil War Preservation Trust, and lives in Seekonk, Massachusetts.

Bibliographic Details

Paul Calore
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 188
Bibliographic Info: 13 maps, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7940-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1485-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface 1

 1. Austin Colony to the Convention of 1833 3

 2. Santa Anna and the Politics of Mexico City 17

 3. Gonzales, Goliad, and Fort Lipantitlán 30

 4. The Siege of Béxar 41

 5. The Battle of the Alamo and the Goliad Massacre 53

 6. The Battle of San Jacinto and the Pastry War 67

 7. The Republic of Texas and Its Quest for Statehood 80

 8. Prelude to War 89

 9. The Battles of Palo Alto, Resaca de la Palma and Monterrey 102

10. A Shift in Strategy and the Battle of Buena Vista 115

11. The Western Campaigns 123

12. The Battles of Veracruz and Cerro Gordo 137

13. Scott’s Drive to Mexico City 148

Epilogue 163

Notes 173

Bibliography 175

Index 177