Manifest Destiny Dbq Essay

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Gunshots thundered across the Rio Grande, closely followed by the distressed cries and pain filled shouts of men as bullets and bayonets ripped through white and bronze flesh alike; the war had officially begun, but who was responsible? In the years of 1846- 1848, America and Mexico had buried themselves into a quickly growing conflict concerning what would be determined as the Mexican-American border after Texas was annexed. Texas had finally, after several failed attempts, convinced the U.S. to annex the them into the union, however Mexico immediately decided to claim a large chunk of rightful Texan land as “Mexican land” while America and Texas claimed that the Rio Grande was the rightful border of Mexico and America; not the Nueces …show more content…

The belief that their young Nation had a god given destiny was enough for many Americans to believe that the border dispute was an act against God’s plan for America, and that the land between the Nueces and the Rio Grande was utterly necessary for the U.S. to own. “Other nations have undertaken… hostile interference against us, … hampering our power, limiting our greatness and checking the fulfillment of our Manifest Destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence [God] for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions.” (Document A). The majority of the American population believed that it was their divinely appointed future, to spread across the continent and grow into a massive, yet caring, world power, was being threatened by Mexico’s unwillingness to give up the land between the Nueces and the Rio …show more content…

armed forces in what America considered their land; ending sixteen American lives in the process. “The cup of forbearance had been exhausted even before the recent information from the frontier of Del Norte. But now, ... Mexico has passed the boundary if the United States, has invaded our territory and shed American blood on American soil.” (Document B). This intolerable act was the breaking point for America, it escalated a simple border dispute and bruised honor, into a nationwide offence that could not be ignored. Mexico’s attack against America was unnecessary, and an outright declaration of

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