US / Mexico

If you’re interested in facts about historic relationships between the United States and Mexico, this page has links to selected posts with hyperlinks to the source material. Some posts examine Abraham Lincoln’s support for Mexico, but others look at relationships before the Mexican-American War and into the 21st century.

If you’re wondering which of our blog posts has received the most views, it’s the short 2016 post titled “Why does Mexico have statues of Abraham Lincoln?” It also includes a short video that’s a good glimpse of historical friendly relationships between the two countries, especially the mutual respect for Lincoln and Juárez. The video with its catchy theme music features the Lincoln statue in Tijuana (see above) located on the Paseo de Los Héroes and the statue of Benito Juárez across the border in San Diego. In addition to the Lincoln statue in Tijuana, Mexico has many other statues honoring Lincoln including one in a central park in Mexico City.

The 2019 post titled “How the Mexican-American War Began” has received the second-highest number of views on our site since LAMP began in 2016. It uses archival documents to examine why President Polk wanted to acquire vast portions of northern Mexico, especially California, and how he misled the US Congress about invading Mexico and declaring war in May of 1846 to achieve his objective.

Another popular post uses a precise geographical survey from 2014 that shows the border between the USA and Mexico starting when Mexico achieved independence from Spain in 1821. For many people, especially students, the geographical survey is a welcome counterpoint to what textbooks describe as “Westward Expansion” on the part of the USA.

Two books by historian Michael Hogan about Lincoln’s support for Mexico as a congressman and as the president focus on the friendship between Lincoln and Matias Romero, the 24-year-old Mexican envoy to the United States. Romero was the first foreign dignitary to visit Lincoln in Springfield, IL, before Lincoln’s inauguration, and used that early friendship to win Lincoln’s tacit support to help exiled Mexican President Benito Juárez overthrow the French monarchy in Mexico. You can read the details in this blog post from 2018.

One of our posts is based on an official state visit by President Harry S Truman to Mexico City, during which he laid a wreath at the memorial to Los Niños Heroes, or Boy Heroes of the US-Mexican War, and spoke about relationships that have made the two countries good neighbors.

Both The Washington Post and The North American Project published articles about the current Mexican president paying homage to Lincoln by visiting the Lincoln Memorial during a 2020 state visit to Washington, DC.