Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana

April 18, 1847 Battle of Cerro Gordo

After capturing the city of Vera Cruz, the road to Mexico City was open and the white invaders knew it. On their march towards the capital of Mexico, the American soldiers numbering over 8,500 (many of them were probably Spanish whites born in Mexico), wet met by a force of some 7,200 Anishinabe soldiers near the Mexican city of Xalapa. They were specifically instructed to attempt to stop the advance of the larger American Army. In the battle that followed, the white invaders easily defeated the brave Anishinabe soldiers trying to stop their advance upon Mexico City, using their superior weapons. It was one of the deadliest battles in this war called, the Revolver, for Anishinabe soldiers. Anishinabe casualties were estimated at 436 killed, 764 wounded, and 3,000 captured. White casualties were 63 killed and 367 wounded.

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