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Constitutional FAQ Answer #131

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Q131. "Does anyone know how many officially declared wars we had throughout history?"

A. Not as many as you might think. The United States has been involved in a great many military actions, but only a very few declared wars. A "declared war" is one where Congress actually passes a resolution placing the country into a state of war. The following is an exhaustive list of all declared wars the United States has been involved in:

  • The War of 1812 (1812-1815)
  • The Mexican War (1846-1848)
  • The Spanish-American War (1898-1899)
  • World War I (1917-1918)
  • World War II (1941-1945)

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