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The Most Pivotal Battles That Made America What It Is Today

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16. Battle of New Orleans
> War: War of 1812
> Location: Louisiana
> Date(s): January 8, 1815

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17. Battle of Monterey
> War: Mexican-American War
> Location: Monterrey, Mexico
> Date(s): September 20-24, 1846

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18. Battle of Buena Vista
> War: Mexican-American War
> Location: Monterrey, Mexico
> Date(s): February 22-23, 1847

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19. Battle of Contreras
> War: Mexican-American War
> Location: Contreras, Mexico
> Date(s): August 19-20, 1847

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20. Battle of Churubusco
> War: Mexican-American War
> Location: Churubusco, Mexico
> Date(s): August 20, 1847

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