Between the years of 1846 to 1848, the first war started by America against another republic raged on. The Mexican-American war was mainly started by president James K. Polk, due to his belief in Manifest Destiny and his goal to fulfill it. But despite this war being “Mr. and Mrs. Polk 's war”, it reflected on the much of the population of America, specifically the way the country treated non-white people. Many injustices against non-white people occurred during this time period, slaves and the politics surrounding them were involved in the war, but a main group subject to the injustices were the Mexican citizens.
First, during the 19th century, many people believed in Manifest Destiny so they bullied Mexico into giving them land. In the article, “ Was the United States justified in going to war with Mexico?” it says “The combination of of American troops at the Rio Grande and the attempt to buy a large part of their country angered the Mexican government.” The United States were being forceful while one of their men were being sent to Mexico City to try and buy California because they were sitting at the Rio Grande with their army. Also in this article it says, “He felt America’s honor had been challenged… President Polk had a reason for going to war.” Polk thought that Mexico was
Historians often divide the Mexican Revolution into three main periods of fighting due to its length and complexity. Of the three periods, the one that had the most impact on Mexican society at the time was the first phase in which Francisco Madero overthrew Porfirio Diaz as new revolutionary leaders such as Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa arose. This period allowed people that were not usually involved in politics to become more involved. The phase of the revolution that had the most potential to create change in Mexican society later was the third one that saw Conventionalists take on Constitutionalists for control of the country. This stage created the Constitution and led to a single political party gaining control of México.
The American Revolution was successful because it resulted in the creation of a new nation in America. On the other hand, British failed and this resulted in the loss of a part of its empire, and the sovereign land was granted to the Americans . These were some of the immediate effects of the revolution. The economy of America experienced instability and the position of the Native Americans, African Americans and women changed in the society. The freedom of the people was granted.
Before the revolution, there was a Mexican leader called Benito Juarez he increased educational opportunities and economic equality. Then there was a dictator who was Porfirio Diaz, the choices he made caused the people in Mexico to rebel against him. Therefore, the revolution had started by the tremendous disagreement over the ruling of Porfirio Diaz, which he decided that the rich people should be treated like royalty and the poor should be treated poorly. Who lead the revolution you may ask? The leaders were Emiliano Zapata, Pancho villa, and Francisco L. Madero, the people of Mexico including women joined the fight.
The Aztec Temples The Aztecs are just one of the many best-known groups that make up Mexico's history and heritage. The Aztecs are best known for their magnificent temples, like the Egyptian pyramids. There are several temples that are well-known, and these temples are hot spots for tourists in Mexico. These temples were called Teocalli, God houses, by the Mexican people of the empire. The Aztec religious priests would worship, pray, and make sacrifices to the gods to keep them happy and in balance.
According to William A. Darity an editor of the International Encyclopedia of Social Sciences, “These acts earned him the label of Robin Hood of the Mexicans.” Despite these generous acts Pancho Villa committed various crimes throughout his life, which included killing, stealing, and rape. From 1876 to 1911 Mexico was ruled under a dictator Porifirio Diaz, who remained in office by squashing riots with violence and securing his position through corrupt elections. In 1910 when Pancho Villa was around twenty two years old a new election for the Mexican president was taking place and he was recruited by Abraham Gonzales the leader of an Anti-Reelectionist party as a military leader in an attempt to end President Diaz term in office. Under the rule of Diaz many of the poor lived miserable lives and his opponent in 1910 was Francisco Madero a wealthy man who guaranteed all the Mexican people better
The United States expanded its size, achieving their dream of Manifest Destiny. Although the United States war against Mexico resulted in the gaining of America’s most valuable land, the war itself wasn’t legitimate because of the revolution in Texas, motivation for superiority, and the U.S. government’s actions. To begin, the Texans began an unreasonable war because they didn’t follow Mexico’s laws and conditions. When Mexico started selling cheap land, they set conditions for the people moving in. The people had to convert to Catholicism, learn Spanish, become a Mexican citizen, and have no slaves.
Throughout history, many leaders have been unable to handle being given too much power and especially so when ruling a nation. Macbeth is a clear example of this as well as another real world leader Fidel Castro. These two men had similar rises to power, yet had some important differences in their responses. Starting with their similarities both Macbeth and Castro gained power by violently overthrowing their predecessors. Castro did so by starting a revolution and Macbeth did it by assassination.
How far will you go to stand up for what is right? The Mexican-American War began in 1846 but beforehand there were many conflicts and inexcusable actions of Mexico that lead to the explosion of the ticking time bomb filled with rightful vengeance known as the United States of America. Although the war concluded around 170 years ago, there is still constant debate whether this brutal war was rightful or completely inexcusable on behalf of both nations. The inevitable conquest of Mexico may be seen in many different ways but, due to the mindless acts of Mexico herself, and whom she is ran by (her government), the lack of assisting American settlers, their unwillingness to negotiate to settle in a peaceful manner, and her hostile acts towards the United States, the war was logical because the United States was just doing what she had to do in order to protect her people. To begin with, the Mexican government did not even attempt to support/assist the Americans in their transition into Mexican land.
1900-1950 First: The Mexican Revolution When Porfirio Diaz became Mexico’s president in 1884, he prioritized foreign imperialists interests (Acuna 162). The country fell into debts to foreign governments and banks. The situation caused dissatisfaction among the Mexican citizens and led to the breaking out of a revolution. The civil war lasted ten years. Consequently, it set off a great migration of Mexicans across the border to the U.S.A.
In the 20th century Mexico many different revolutions, corruption, and, political leaders took part in molding the country into a commercial and economic developed country. A big change Mexico went through was the Mexican revolution and how it sat the bar for Mexican politics for the future. Mexico disregarded their government and forged their own path with drugs, civil unrest and distrust with the people. In the 20th century, Mexico has undergone a metamorphosis in its economy, political, and social landscapes.
But the U.S and Mexico were in disagreement with the border of Texas and Mexico. The us said it was the Rio Grande, but Mexico said it was the Nueces River further north of the Rio Grand. The U.S tried to settle the dispute peacefully but the Mexican government got angered when the U.S offered the idea of the U.S buying the land from the Rio Grande to the Pacific Ocean, which led to the Mexican-American War. The Mexican-American War was a 2 year war from 1846 to 1858. This was a really bad war for the U.S despite only losing about 1,500 in the war over 10,000 troops died of disease like the yellow fever, measles, mumps and smallpox.
Conclusions The Mexican War was fought between the United States and Mexico over disagreements that had been accumulating for two decades. In the course of the war, United States forces invaded Mexico and occupied the capital, Mexico City. By the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the United States acquired from Mexico the regions of California, Nevada, and Utah, most of Arizona and New Mexico, and parts of Colorado and Wyoming. But many historians believe the war was an unnecessary attack on a weaker nation. I believe that the war was unnecessary.
These are a couple of events that have shaped the history if Mexico, but in my opinion on of the most important one is the Cristeros War. This was a war between the Catholic Church and Mexican government. I wanted to be more informed about how large groups of religious people were able to defeat a Mexican military that was led by the President. I had the honor of interviewing my grandfather,