James Polk: The Battle Of Manifest Destiny

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The year was 1803, and the United States had agreed to buy the mid-eastern plains from France, resolving as the Louisiana Purchase. However, James Polk, who was elected as president in 1844, created the Manifest Destiny, which was the belief that the United States was destined to claim the land of the West coast, which at that moment, was all a part of Mexico. He had his eye especially on California, and was not ready to let Mexico ruin the Manifest Destiny from becoming fulfilled. Eventually he proposed to Congress to start a war with Mexico, and only sixteen denied the request. Even before Polk was president, the Battle of the Alamo occurred between Mexico and the U.S., both wanting Texas. Although the war resolved with Texas gaining its…show more content…
After the battle of the Alamo, Texas had declared their independence. However, America and Mexico were at debate on whether or not Texas had actually become an independent country. Mexico denied Texas’s independence and still thought they were a part of Mexico. As a result, Mexicans had protected the border, which was believed to be between the Nueces River. Yet America believed their boundary was between the Rio Grande River. (Roden 315) While Mexico was assumed to be protecting their border, Americans had stepped on the disputed territory, which what the Mexicans thought was an ambush, and killed sixteen of the soldiers. This was a commitment of protecting their border, yet the Americans saw this as killing sixteen innocent men and declared a war with Mexico for the whole West coast to complete the Manifest Destiny. Yet even before this decision, there was yet another war between Mexico and America: the Battle of the Alamo. Ten years before the Mexican-American War, Texas was still a part of Mexico and had decided to become a country of its own. Resulting that in 1836, the Battle of the Alamo occurred in Texas. Sadly, the Texans and Tejanos lost and General Santa de Anna won the ferocious battle. Eventually on April 21, Texas had won its independence the battle of San

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