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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?
No official U.S. battle map exists for Palo Alto. Lieutenant J. Edmund Blake, who was charged with drawing the map, accidentally shot himself and died just hours after the clash.