Mexico’s War of Reform (1857 – 1861)

On April 6, 1859, the US government officially recognized the Liberal government in Mexico’s War of Reform.   Mexico’s War of Reform is part of the long struggle in the 19th century between Liberal and Conservative forces.  The Liberals wanted a federalist government that limited that authority of the military and the Catholic Church.  The Conservatives wanted a centralist government, with the Church and the military maintaining their traditional roles and powers.