An Immigrant Soldier in the Mexican War by Frederick Zeh

By Frederick Zeh

quickly after emigrating from Germany to the U.S., Frederick Zeh unexpectedly joined the military as struggle with Mexico loomed. His written account is the 1st book-length description of the Mexican warfare via a German-American participant—a major contribution, on condition that approximately part the commonplace military was once made of immigrant recruits.

even supposing Zeh held the lowly rank of "laborer" within the military, he was once good informed and an astute observer, and his tale is either vigorous and good written. along with the horror of battles, he describes kin among officials and enlisted males, army punishment, and daily existence. he's surprisingly candid approximately abuses that happened within the American military and towards Mexican civilians.

The editors' creation provides biographical details on Zeh and units the degree for the narrative. An epilogue strains the highlights of his actions within the half-century following his army provider.

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Tudor, now styling himself King Henry VII, cemented this victory by marrying into the rival house, wedding Elizabeth of York to unify the English throne. As in Spain and Portugal, the formation of unified states in France and England opened the way to new, expansive activity that would accelerate the creation of an Atlantic world. Change and Restlessness in the Atlantic World The world into which Europeans would intrude was not some static realm stuck in the Stone Age. Native American The Complex World societies were every bit as progressive, adaptable, and historiof Indian America cally dynamic as those that would invade their homes.

For example, in 632, a vibrant new religion swept out of the Arabian Peninsula to conquer much of the Mediterranean world. Eventually Europeans, who had themselves adopted a new and dynamic religion, Christianity, only a few centuries earlier, struck back in a protracted series of Crusades designed to break Islamic power. Together these expansive societies introduced new technologies and knowledge of distant and mysterious worlds that would engender an air of restlessness throughout Europe. One of those mysterious worlds lay to the south of the forbidding Sahara Desert in Africa.

At places like Natchez, fortified cities housed gigantic pyramids, and farmland radiating outward provided food for large residential populations. These were true cities and, like their counterparts in Europe and Asia, they were magnets attracting ideas, technologies, and religious notions from the entire hemisphere. Farther north, in the region called the Eastern Woodlands, people lived in smaller villages and combined agriculture with hunting and gathering. The Haudenosaunee, for example, lived in towns numbering three thousand or more people, changing locations only as soil fertility was lost and game became exhausted.

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