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Major General Winfield Scott, "Old Fuss and Feathers"

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The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo Was Signed In Mexico City
February 2, 1848

The Mexican War began with a dispute over the addition of Texas to the United States, since both Mexico and the U.S. claimed the area between the Nueces and Rio Grande rivers as their own. In January 1846, President James K. Polk ordered General Zachary Taylor to bring troops into the disputed area. When Mexican troops attacked Taylor's forces, Congress approved a declaration of war on Mexico on May 13, 1846. With the capture of Mexico City by General Winfield Scott on September 14, 1847, the fighting subsided.
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