The new special exhibit of the San Jacinto Museum of History, "A Destined Conflict: The U.S. - Mexican War," opened on July 4, 2015 with prints, political cartoons, photographs, art, artifacts and newspapers relating to that decisive war which occurred from 1846 to 1848, from the first engagement in Palo Alto, Texas to the Halls of Montezuma in Mexico City.
The first armed conflict involving the United States that was chiefly fought on foreign soil, the official cause of the war was both the American annexation of the Republic of Texas and the border dispute whether the national border was Texas' claim of the Rio Grande or Mexico's claim of Nueces River. By the war's end, Mexico lost nearly half of its territory and the United States became a continental power.
In "A Destined Conflict: The U.S. - Mexican War," a wide array of contemporary artifacts-from newspapers and prints, to documents and artifacts written and owned by many key players in the conflict-grant insights into how the officers, the soldiers in the field, and the media back home viewed this conflict that saw many more soldiers dying from disease than battle.
"This war pitted a politically divided and militarily unprepared Mexico against the expansionist-minded administration of U.S. President James K. Polk, who believed the United States had a manifest destiny to spread across the continent to the Pacific Ocean," says Larry Spasic, President, San Jacinto Museum of History Association. "War costs exceeded $100 million and more than 13,000 combatants lost their lives, making it, as a percentage of those who served, second only to the Civil War as the bloodiest conflict in American history." When the war ended, Mexico had lost a significant portion of its territory, including nearly all of present-day California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo marked the end of that war and the beginning of a lengthy U.S. political debate over slavery in the acquired territories, as well as continued conflict with Mexico over boundaries.
Tickets: Admission to the special exhibit-scheduled to be up for at least a year-is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 11. Combo tickets for this new special exhibit, Texas Forever!! The Battle of San Jacinto multimedia presentation, and the elevator ride to the Observation Level are available. Seniors, children and groups of 10 or more enjoy a discounted rate year-round; members of the Museum Association and the Military receive free admission to all attractions within the Monument. The Museum, exhibit and battleground are open from 9AM-6PM; the observation floor is open from 9AM-5:45PM.