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Regaining territories in the American Southwest.

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Actually, this was a complicated story that began long before 1916... in 1910 when Mexico began a civil war. This war, known as the Mexican Revolution, involved a struggle between forces loyal to the revolutionary leader Francisco Madero and forces loyal to the dictator Porfirio Diaz. Madero encouraged the Mexican people to rise up against Diaz, and they did so; Madero became president of Mexico in 1911. But Madero was assassinated in a military coup in 1913. The coup was led by General Victoriano Huerta, and there is evidence the United States supported (or even assisted in) the removal of Madero. This led to some resentment in Mexico about the US trying to influence who would lead the Mexican government.

Meanwhile, as the civil war continued and the situation in Mexico remained unstable, there were ongoing border skirmishes, and sometimes Mexican revolutionaries would cross into the United States and raid American towns. One raid, in January 1916 did considerable damage to Columbus, New Mexico and infuriated the US government. This led President Wilson to order armed forces into Mexico, to retaliate against the revolutionaries (especially their leader, Pancho Villa); the goal was also to capture Villa or at least weaken his armies so that they would be unable to enter the US any more.

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I'm not sure of the basis of this question. Clearly Germany wouldn't have wanted the USA to enter the war on the Allied side, since that made one more very powerful enemy to fight. Early in WWI, when the USA was still neutral, there was some speculation whether she would ever enter the war, and there was even speculation that she might enter on the German side, since there were so many German immigrant communities ion the USA.

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the Zimmerman Telegram, that's probably what ur looking for

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Mexico did not participate in WWI . but some of it's citizens did. i can think of two

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Germany thought that Mexico would be motivated by the idea of regaining territory in the American Southwest.

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The Zimmerman Telegram

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to distract the US!

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Q: What was the infamous German telegram trying to get Mexico involved in World War 1 by attacking the US?
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What was the effect of Russian forces attacking both Austria and Germany?

After Russian forces attacked both Austria and German more countries got involved in WWI to take down Germany.


Who wrote the zimmerman telegram?

a letter toMexico from Germany in the first world war It was a letter to Mexico from Germany during World War I by German Foreign Secretary Arthur Zimmerman. It stated that if the United States was to enter the war on the side of the Allies, the German ambassador to Mexico was to approach the Mexican Government offering a military alliance against the United States in exchange for German material aid to Mexico to help the Mexican government reclaim territory lost to the United States during the Mexican - American War.


When was the zimmerman telegram intercepted?

In 1917 a british man was having telegram sex with a women, also known as phone sex today.. All of a sudden the numbers begin to come in the telegram. He wrote them down and turned it in to the British government then the government sent it to the US...


Why do you think it was decided to make the telegram public?

So they could announce that Mexico was proposing a Mexican-German alliance in the case of war between the United States and Germany.


What was the purpose of the zimmerman telegram?

The purpose of the Zimmerman Telegram was to get Mexico to attack the U.S. The German man Alfred Zimmerman sent the telegram January 19, 1917. The telegraph said that id they attacked the U.S. then they would help them get back the territory America stole from them (Texas, Arizona, New Mexico) They declined but America was angry so they joined the war against the Germans. Learned this in Social Studies :)

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What had the greatest impact in encouraging the US to become involved in world war 1?

The Zimmermann Telegram proposing an a german alliance with mexico if mexico invaded the US


What event worsened relations between the US and Germany?

the German telegram to Mexico


In the Telegram what did the German government decide to begin on Feb1 1917?

alliance with Mexico


What message was sent from German government to Mexico encouraging an invasion of the US?

The Zimmerman Telegram.


What event worsened relations between the united states and Germany?

the German telegram to Mexico


A telegram sent to a German official in Mexico prior to US entrance into World War 1 proposed an alliance between Germany and Mexico?

The Zimmermann Telegram or Note


What turned American opinion against Germany during World War 1?

The Zimmerman Telegram, which was a telegram sent by the German ambassador telling Mexico to attack if the U.S. declared war.


How did British intelligence turn the US against Germany?

it showed the United States a German telegram to Mexico.


What was the German note that urged Mexico to join the Central Powers in World War 1?

The Zimmerman telegram.


Who was the German foreign minaster of the zimmermann telegram?

Arthur Zimmerman. The Office was Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.


What German letter angered the US and pushed her closer to entering World War 1?

The Zimmerman telegram


What was the effect of Russian forces attacking both Austria and Germany?

After Russian forces attacked both Austria and German more countries got involved in WWI to take down Germany.