The Zimmerman Note

By: Anna Oschip


On January 19, 1917 German Foreign Minister Arthur Zimmerman sent a telegram to the ambassador of Mexico asking for an agreement to form an alliance.  It was intended to create a Pacific and Central American Front, distracting the U.S. and aiding the German war effort.  Germany’s goal was to begin the unrestricted submarine warfare against all ships headed for Britain.  The U.S.W. would have a greater chance of succeeding with the help of Mexico.  However this telegram was intercepted by Britain and was then released to America on February 24, 1917.  It was later published on March 1st and used as a reason for the U.S. to go to war with Germany.  Wilson decided to declare war on April 6th, with the exception of one vote, Congress was also in favor. 





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