• Flying artillery crew in action.

    Palo Alto Battlefield

    National Historical Park Texas

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President James K. Polk

President James K. Polk

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Setting The Stage

"The jurisdiction of the United States…has passed the capes of Florida and been peacefully extended to the Del Norte." That's how U.S. President James K. Polk, in his December 1845 message to Congress, characterized the recent annexation of Texas by the United States. With that statement, Polk declared the boundary between Texas and Mexico was the Rio Del Norte or Rio Grande.

Sea To Shining Sea

Polk had campaigned for the Presidency with a pledge to extend the United States to the Pacific Ocean. The addition of the Republic of Texas as the 28th state represented a major step toward that goal.

Follow the links below for an overview of the Mexican War and the events which led to the Battle of Palo Alto.

 

Did You Know?

Battle of Palo Alto

Like his rider, Zachary Taylor’s horse became a national hero. Praised for his bravery in battle, “Old Whitey” became the subject of portraits, poetry, and music. When Taylor became President in 1850, the horse was allowed to graze on the White House lawn.