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Mexican Troops

Members of the Mexican army look out on a new era while others in the foreground are negotiating with a recently arrived Anglo fur trader.

The average Mexican infantryman in the U.S. Mexican War had inferior weapons to the Americans, and they had a different style of leadership. Mexican soldiers carried old flintlock muskets, most of which were manufactured in Great Britain and sold as surplus to Mexico. Many Mexican soldiers fired from the hip, rather than raising the rifle up to their shoulder, and used too much powder in their guns. The result was that their shots would often go over the heads of the Americans. Although Mexican soldiers fought bravely their officers sometimes treated them badly. Some Mexican officers were known to slash at their own men with their sabers, to force them forward or to make them stand their ground.

The earliest Anglos in the El Paso area came here to trade. Frontera, eight miles northwest of downtown El Paso, was established in 1848 by T. Frank White, the first Anglo-American trader of record in the area.

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critical thinking
How would things be different today if Mexico had prevailed in the U.S. Mexican War? Why?

Related Links:

From the Descendants of Mexican War Veterans
http://www.dmwv.org/mexwar/sas.htm

From the Handbook of Texas Online:
http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/view/FF/hvf52.html
http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/view/MM/qdm2.html

Read More, Learn More:

Bauer, K. Jack. 1974. The Mexican War, 1846-1848. New York: Macmillan.