Mexican War links

Metropolitan Cathedral Mexico City
Aztec Club meetings were held in the two-story structure on the left of the Metropolitan Cathedral (shown center) in Mexico City.

Adolphe Jean-Baptiste Bayot (public domain)

Links to the Past

Palo Alto Battlefield strives to promote understanding and awareness of the U.S.-Mexican War, its causes, and consequences. In keeping with its mission, the park encourages discussion of all aspects and perspectives of this important event.

The following list of U.S.-Mexican War related sites is meant to provide a variety of perspectives and opinions. It does not imply that Palo Alto Battlefield and the National Park Service endorse the material presented.

General Overviews of the U.S.-Mexican War

Descendants of Mexican War Veterans — Lineage society for descendants of Mexican War veterans

Aztec Club of 1847 — Originally a society formed by U.S. military officers who participated in the occupation of Mexico City in 1847

The History Guy: The Mexican-American War — General overview of the war

U.S.-Mexican War 1846-1848 — Companion site to the PBS documentary of the same name

U.S.-Mexican War and the Peoples of the Year 2000 — A look at the war with a focus on the indigenous populations of North America
Pio Pico State Historic Park
Pío Pico State Historic Park

Epolk (public domain)

More Links

Palo Alto Battlefield is the only unit of the National Park Service that focuses primarily on the U.S.-Mexican War. However, there are many sites in the U.S. and Mexico that preserve sites related to the war or present related topics.


Pio Pico State Historic Park - Home of the last Mexican governor of California who was also a military commander in during the war

San Pascual State Historic Park - Commemorates the December 6, 1846 clash between U.S. forces, led by Gen. Stephen W. Kearny and Mexican/Californio forces, commanded by Andres Pico

Sonoma State Historic Park - Scene of the 1846 Bear Flag Revolt against Mexican authorities in California


Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site - Staging area for General Kearny's "Army of the West."


Illinois State Military Museum - Museum displays one of the most popular artifacts of the war - General Antonio López de Santa Anna's wooden leg
Dragoon escorting wagon trains
Dragoons out of Fort Scott escorting wagon trains

Fort Scott National Historic Site (public domain)


Fort Scott National Historic Site - Home base for some dragoon regiments that participated in the war


Fort Jesup State Historic Site - Frontier fort that was the starting point for General Zachary Taylor's march to the Rio Grande


Santa Fe National Historic Trail - An established trade route that became a corridor for U.S. soldiers marching to New Mexico and California

New Mexico

Palace of the Governors - Site was once occupied by General Kearney during his 1846 conquest of New Mexico
Niños Heroes Monument
Monument to the Niños Héroes at the entrance to Chapultepec Park.

Ricardo Stuckert/PR (public domain)


Casa Mata Museum — Located just across Brownsville, TX in the city of Matamoros

Museo Fuerte de San Juan de Ulúa — Small museum inside the fort that guards the approach to the port of Veracruz

Castillo de Chapultepec — Mexico's National History Museum, housed in the building that was the scene of heavy fighting on September 13, 1847

Museo Nacional de las Intervenciones — Museum recalls the many invasions of Mexico by foreign powers, including the U.S.-Mexican War

Museo Regional de Nuevo León "EL Obispado" — Museum located in the Bishop's Palace on the heights overlooking Monterrey

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