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Divisions in Mexico Overview

Rancheros by Pedro LehnertRancheros by Pedro Lehnert
DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

From its War for Independence in 1821 to the U.S.-Mexican War in 1846, Mexico struggled to develop a governmental system that would allow a peaceful and stable transfer of political power on the national level. Real or perceived weaknesses caused by factional disputes encouraged European government to try to take advantage of Mexico during the decades preceding the war with the United States. These external influences and in-fighting between internal political factions had a significant impact on Mexico's ability to protect its territories.

Mexico and the US in 1846

By Jesús Velasco-Márquez

Divisions in Mexico During the War

By Miguel Soto

Public Opinion: Prewar Sentiment in Mexico

By Jesus Velasco-Marquez