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Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park
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Long Live the Republic (of Mexico) at Palo Alto Battlefield

Long Live the Republic (of Mexico) at Palo Alto Battlefield

The flat coastal plain at Palo Alto looks much the way it did in 1846, with cordgrass meadows and thickets of mesquite. The park service provides both Spanish and English versions of all signs, and flies the Mexican flag where General Arista made his stand.

Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, Texas

Date photographed: April 1, 2014
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Viewpoint at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

Viewpoint at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

The Battle of Palo Alto in 1846 was the first clash of the U.S.-Mexican War. Two years later the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo ceded one third of Mexico to the U.S. - the states of California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, most of Arizona and Colorado, and parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Wyoming (in addition to Texas, which had already been annexed).

Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, Texas

Date photographed: April 1, 2014
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Replica cannons at Palo Alto Battlefield

Replica cannons at Palo Alto Battlefield

Mexican General Mariano Arista set up cannons here to intercept American General Zachary Taylor on the road from Matamoros to Port Isabel. Though inconclusive, the Battle of Palo Alto was followed the next day by an American victory at nearby Resaca de Palma.

Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, Texas

Date photographed: April 1, 2014
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