Event Summary

President James Polk asks Congress to declare war on Mexico

Date

May 11, 1846

Description

President James Polk asks Congress to declare war on Mexico, based on border dispute over land south of the Neuces River. Congress does so two days later; barely averts war with Britain over contested boundaries in Pacific Northwest

Timeline 1

Early Maritime Republic, 1815-1865

Timeline 2

American Navy and Naval Warfare, 1775-1865

Record ID

654