Declaration Of War: The Mexican American War

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Suddenly, out of nowhere, Mexican Soldiers gained upon us, and fired. The attack led with surprised war cries... The Mexican American War impacted many lives. It determined if Mexico was able to keep California and Texas away from America’s grasp. In 1821, Mexico won it’s independence from Spain. Because of that, Mexico’s territory was enormous. The territory went from Guatemala to Oregon. Mexico encouraged U.S. settlers to settle in their land so that they could increase their population. Although, this was a bad idea. Mexico was mostly Catholic, anti-slavery, while the American settlers were not. Texas applied to the U.S. for annexation. However, both times Texas’s request for annexation was rejected by the United States Congress. When James K. Polk became president, he convinced Congress to let texas be annexed. They agreed. On May 9, 1846, Mexico fired Americans on American soil. These events eventually led to the Mexican American War. The question that is frequently argued about was: Did the…show more content…
“ Thus, when the Mexican government learned of the treaty signed between Texas and the United States in April 1844, it...would consider such an act “a declaration of war.”... (Marquez, 327). In other words, Mexico thought that Texas being annexed without proper permission was considered a reason to go to war for. It is understandable why the opposition believes that Texas should have asked for consent before signing a treaty to be annexed.Though it is a valid point, Texas should have been able to not get authorization from Mexico, as long as Texas got the US’s permission. Manifest Destiny was the will of God for the US to take over California. “Other nations checking the fulfillment of our manifest destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence (God) for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions.” (O’sullivan,

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