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    Palo Alto Battlefield

    National Historical Park Texas

First Clash of the U.S.-Mexican War

On May 8, 1846, United States and Mexican troops clashed on the prairie of Palo Alto. The battle was the first in a two-year long war that changed the map of North America. Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park preserves the site of this notable battle and provides an understanding of the causes, events, and consequences of the U.S.-Mexican War.

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Battle of Palo Alto

Americans celebrated the battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma with songs, artwork, and poetry. One enterprising company even marketed a men’s hat called the “Palo Alto.” Sales were so brisk that a “Resaca” women’s hat soon followed.