List of wars involving Mexico

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This is a list of wars involving the United Mexican States.

Mexico has been involved in numerous different military conflicts over the years, with most being civil/internal wars.


Conflict Combatant 1 Combatant 2 Results
Mexican War of Independence
Mexico Mexican Insurgents
European Volunteers
Mexico Mexican Ex-Royalists
Army of the Three Guarantees
Bandera de España 1808-1813.svg Napoleonic Spain

Spain Spanish Royalists
Mexico Mexican Royalists

Long Expedition
Bandera del Primer Imperio Mexicano.svg First Mexican Empire
Army of the Three Guarantees
U.S. filibusters Victory
  • Rebels defeated and captured
Fredonian Rebellion
Bandera Histórica de la República Mexicana (1824-1918).svg Mexico Texan-American rebels Victory
  • Texan rebels defeated
  • Mexican government curtailed American immigration to Texas
Spanish reconquer attempt
 Mexico  Spain Victory
Comanche–Mexico Wars
Part of the Mexican Indian Wars
 Mexico Comanche
Indigenous revolts put down.
Apache-Mexico Wars
Part of the Mexican Indian Wars
 Mexico (after 1821)
Apache Victory
Yaqui Wars
Part of the Mexican Indian Wars
 Mexico (after 1821)
Yaqui Victory
War of the South
Mexico Mexican Liberals Mexico Conservatives Liberal Defeat
Era of Mexican Coups
Bandera Histórica de la República Mexicana (1824-1918).svg Mexican Republic Republic of Texas
Republic of the Rio Grande
Republic of Yucatán
Republic of Lower California (U.S. Filibusters)

Republic of Sonora (U.S. Filibusters)

Republic of Zacatecas
Republic of Jalisco
Separatists in Tabasco

(Except in the Texas Revolution)
Texas Revolution
 Mexico  Texas Defeat
First Franco–Mexican War: Pastry War
 Mexico  France Defeat
  • Mexican government accepts to pay the 600,000 pesos
Mexican–American War
 Mexico  United States Defeat
Caste War of Yucatán
Maya Victory
  • Republic of Yucatán rejoins the United Mexican States in 1848
  • Mayas achieve an independent state from 1847–1883
  • Mexico recaptures Yucatán
  • Conflict between the Mexicans and the Mayans continued until 1933
Revolution of Ayutla
Mexico Mexican Liberals Mexico Conservatives Liberal Victory
Reform War
Mexico Mexican Liberals
Mexico Conservatives Liberal Victory
Cortina Troubles
Cortinista militias
United StatesUnion (1861)
United States United States(prior to 1861)
Confederate States of America Confederate States
Defeat of Cortinista militia
  • note: Juan Cortina was a Tejano Rancher (Legal resident of Texas), he acted on his own interest, his activities in Texas never represented any official Mexican political force.
Second Franco–Mexican War
 Mexican republicans
 United States
France French Empire
Mexico Mexican Empire
 Austrian Empire
Egypt Eyalet
Polish Revolutionaries
Garza Revolution
 United States
Garzistas Victory
  • Garza Revolution defeated
Mexican Revolution
Mexico Counter-Revolutionaries

 United States (Until 1918)

Mexico Revolutionaries

 German Empire (Until 1918)
 United States (After 1918)

Constitutional Army Victory
Border War
Mexico Mexican Carrancistas
 United States Carrancista Victory
(American Victory on Villista rebels)
  • Occupation of Veracruz
  • American military is ordered to withdraw from Mexican territory after the defeat in the Battle of Carrizal
  • Pancho Villa's troops no longer an effective fighting force
  • General John J. Pershing acknowledges the failure of the American army to meet the objectives of their campaign
  • Battles between Mexican and American forces ceased in 1919 after the joint American/Carrancista victory in the Battle of Ciudad Juárez over the Villistas
  • Pancho Villa obtains pardon from the Mexican government.
Plan of San Diego raids
MexicoMexican instigators
  • Liberating Army of Races and Peoples
 United States Victory
  • American recognition of Carranza as legitimate leader of Mexico
  • Carrancistas halt raider support
  • Carrancistas start a rebel raiders crackdown
  • Increase of tension between Tejanos and Whites in American soil
Cristero War
Mexico Mexican Government Cristeros
National League for the Defense of Religious Liberty
Knights of Columbus
Government Ceasefire
Spanish Civil War
Second Spanish Republic Spanish Republicans
Foreign Volunteers
 Soviet Union
Spain Spanish Nationalists
Kingdom of Italy Italy
Nazi Germany Germany
Portugal Portugal
World War II
 Soviet Union
 United States
 United Kingdom
 New Zealand
 South Africa
Mexico–Guatemala conflict
Mexico Mexico  Guatemala Inconclusive
  • Mexican retaliation halted by newly elected president Adolfo López Mateos.
  • Diplomatic relations between the two nations are frozen for several months.
  • South American meditation helps to prevent escalation
Dirty War
Mexico Mexican Government
 United States
September 23 Communist League
Party of the Poor
Mexican Communist Party
Government Victory
Zapatista Uprising
 Mexico EZLN Ceasefire
Mexican War on Drugs

 United States


Mexican Drug Cartels

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