The war that was fought between the united states and mexico from 1846 to 1848 was a major event in the history of both countries it cost mexico half of its national territory opened western north america to us expansion and brought to the surface a host of tensions that led to devastating civil wars in both countries. Almost all english language histories of the mexican war of 1846 1848 are battlefield studies biographies or analyses of american wartime opinion few neglect. General santa anna came out of retirement to lead the mexican nation its army but he was also unable to defeat the american army which eventually won the war mexico was forced to give up claims to texas and the present day states of new mexico arizona california colorado nevada and portions of other states thereby losing a large chunk . Up to 90 off textbooks at amazon canada plus free two day shipping for six months when you sign up for amazon prime for students. First the author states that he seeks to explain why mexico went to war with the united states in 1846 p xvii at the end of the book he offers as explanation a mexican newspapers statement that defeat and death on the sabine would be glorious and beautiful and to be preferred over infamous and execrable peace p 191
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