Exposition that’s trying not to be an infodump!
Nacho shrugged. “You do know war is coming,” he said. “I mean, between your country and Coahuila. It had come for us a long time ago.”
“Sure,” Bailey said. “We take slaps at each other all the time on the border here, and in Texas. Plus, they plain just want to fight.Them and the Sonorans — and the Durangans, too. They got one hell of a chip on their shoulder about the USA.”
“Losing wars will do that,” Nacho said; something in his voice made Bailey give him a quick look. The Mexican waved it off. “Forgive me; it was not the United States who conspired with Bravo and Agustin, or betrayed the Republic. And you are good friends to us now, to be sure.”
“Well, you said it: the war came to you a good while back,” Bailey shook his head. “A fair-minded man might allow that we should’ve hanged the lot in ‘23, right next to John Calhoun. Or at least Old Man Tyler.”