History & Culture

A historical marker for the Fort Brown earth works
A historical marker for the General Zachary Taylor's riverside fort - Fort Brown. While the U.S. maintained the fort protected the southern boundary of the newest state in the Union - Texas, the Mexican government the fort had been constructed at least 150 miles into Mexican territory.



War on the Horizon

In the spring of 1846, all eyes turned toward events on the Rio Grande.
When a long-brewing territorial dispute between the U.S. and Mexico led to war, residents of both nations clamored for details. Battle accounts filled the columns of the daily papers.

Places like Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma became household names. So did the names of dozens of soldiers who served in these battles. Many emerged as heroes or celebrities.

Politicians and citizens got caught in the excitement of the moment and engaged in fierce debates about the causes, justice, and meaning of the conflict.

Still Resonating

Today, the Battle of Palo Alto and the U.S.-Mexican War have faded from public attention. They remain an important part of the history of both nations though. We encourage you to learn more about this conflict and rediscover some of the places and stories that so captured public attention so long ago.


Last updated: January 24, 2020

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