the war between the U.S. and Mexico, 1846–48.
the war fought between the US and Mexico (1846–48), through which the US acquired the present-day Southwest
A war fought between the United States and Mexico from 1846 to 1848. The United States won the war, encouraged by the feelings of many Americans that the country was accomplishing its manifest destiny of expansion. Mexico renounced all claims to Texas north of the Rio Grande and yielded a vast territory that embraces the present states of California, Nevada, and Utah, and parts of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming.
Note: Many generals of the Civil War, including Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee, gained experience in battle during the Mexican War. The Mexican War was opposed by many Americans, notably by the author Henry David Thoreau, who was put in jail for refusing to pay a tax to support the war. His essay “Civil Disobedience” explains the principles of his action.
- Mexican wedding cakes
noun small round butter cookies containing finely ground nuts and rolled in confectioners’ sugar after baking; also called Russian tea cakes , Mexican wedding cookies Usage Note cooking
- Mexican wedding cookies
noun See Mexican wedding cakes
[mek-si-koh] /ˈmɛk sɪˌkoʊ/ noun 1. a republic in S North America. 761,530 sq. mi. (1,972,363 sq. km). . Capital: . 2. a state in central Mexico. 8268 sq. mi. (21,415 sq. km). Capital: Toluca. 3. Gulf of, Mexican Golfo de México [gawl-faw th e me-hee-kaw] /ˈgɔl fɔ ðɛ ˈmɛ hiˌkɔ/ (Show IPA). an arm of […]
noun 1. a city in and the capital of Mexico, in the central part. About 7400 feet (2255 meters) above sea level. noun 1. the capital of Mexico, on the central plateau at an altitude of 2240 m (7350 ft): founded as the Aztec capital (Tenochtitlán) in about 1300; conquered and rebuilt by the Spanish […]