Mexican American War Research Paper

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The Mexican-American War changed the Unites States of America in a monumental way. This war changed The U.S.A.’s relationship with foreign powers and the economic standpoint of the nation. The Mexican- American war, and its strong ties to manifest destiny, shaped the nation in a country bordered by two seas with a chance for common folk and foreigners to have a sustainable life due to the gold rush. The war can also be accounted for the downfall leading to the Civil War over the conflict of slavery due to the land purchased in the wars treaty. Conflict between Mexico and the United States began when Texas, previously part of Mexico, became part of the United States. The Mexican government believed that the border between Mexico and America…show more content…
This war was the first time the United States fought on foreign territory and occupied another nation 's capital. The United Sates only had around 1,700 deaths caused in battle during the war but suffered an additional 11,000 casualties from disease. The financial cost of the war was approximately 75 million dollars. The Mexican government was forced to enact a leva or conscription, which resulted in the deaths of many peasants; there were more than 25,000 military and civilian casualties. Additionally, since the war was fought on Mexican territory, many buildings, roads, and ports were destroyed.3 At port _____________more civilians were killed than soldiers and because the location was a popular port several civilians were from foreign countries. This war created a bad relationship between the U.S.A and Mexico. During the war, the daily paper, "El Republicano"…show more content…
It was discovered on January 24th 1848 by James Marshall in California. A quarter million people migrated to California for the chance to get rich and other personal reasons. Foreigners from all around the world came to America to either search for gold or the new opportunities open. As time progressed corporations were formed that could buy new technology and workers to search for gold and several boom towns had formed in California. As more and more people moved west the United States faced another issue. In between California and the rest of the country were the Great Plains which were not heavily populated so there was no easy way of trade and transportation to the growing western territories. A group of men called the “Big Four” which consisted of Collis Huntington, Leland Stanford, Charles Crocker and Mark Hopkins, decided what the country needed was a transcontinental railroad. Their company, The Central Pacific Railroad company would hire 15,000 Chinese men to work on constructing the railroad due to the fact that they would work for less than the average American. This made transportation cheaper and quicker than ever
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