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.
In the early 1800’s the founding fathers and citizens of the early United States decided that the east coast was not enough for them and they wanted more. More land to conquer, more people to come to their country, more respect from other countries, and to get this they were willing to do anything. The United States expanded west in the 1800’s when the territory west of the mississippi was found to be arable and habitable. After gaining the louisiana territory, which was most of the land west of the Mississippi, which made the US over twice as large as it was before. Then the US continued expanding - gaining Florida, Texas and other states that are now in the US.
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
Altered ideas of manifest destiny, combined with other forces of the time, but the Whig Party opposed expansion, believing that the republican experiment in the United States would fail if the nation grew too large. Politicians from the Northeast felt they would lose political power in Congress if the United States admitted more states into the union. Attempts to expand further into Mexico were put to a stop as racism began to come into play. The abolitionists also opposed expansion, particularly if it would bring slave territories into the union. Pacifists became gravely concerned with the casualties of expansion and opposed its violence.
On January 13, 1846 in response to the rejection Polk ordered Taylor to send troops across the Nueces River, and on May 13, 1846 war was officially declared on Mexico by congress. The victory did not come easy to Polk as he thought it would, but on February 2, 1848 an agreement was made with Mexico known as the Treaty of Guadalupe which states Mexico agreed to cede California and New Mexico to the United States. This was shows how far the United States was willing to go in order to fulfill the Manifest Destiny. The Manifest Destiny helped to spark an expansion in the United States that would change the shape of the nation forever. The Louisiana Purchase sparked this idea of expansion, and then was quickly followed by the westward migration of a large population, and this would lead to
When America broke free from Great Britain they had the idea to expand westward. In the 1800’s the idea of Manifest destiny came up, it was the belief that it was “The God-given right to expand from coast to coast.” Many Americans liked the idea of expanding west but there were still people in the north who prefer they wouldn't expand. Americans were starting to become congested in the land they had, some already started to move into Texas because of Stephen Austin who created a deal to let American settlers come into Texas and live under their law. Texas wanted to become part of America, but America said no, they disliked the idea of Texas being part of America because, they believed it would start a war between them and Mexico, and it would
This treaty not only ended the war, but formally acknowledged Texas as part of United States territory and allowed the U.S. to expand their boundaries further west. There are an endless amount of people who will argue the significance of the Mexican War. This war showed the strength of the American army. Although there were where the U.S. did not seem strong, they cannot argue with the fact that they gained the state Texas and expanded boundaries. Those accomplishments were not only major for the U.S. army, but for the people of the nation as well.
Your Argument: Mexico was trying to succeed in abolish slavery in Texas, every time they were greeted with a negative response by Texians. 1835 is when Santa Anna decided to furthered the slavery ban to Texas in hopes of getting rid of it. Texians truly felt that a whole new
The Trail of Tears left by the Cherokee Indians “Our nation was born in genocide when it embraced the doctrine that the original American, the Indian, was an inferior race.” -― Martin Luther King Jr The Trail of Tears helped the Manifest Destiny and Westward Expansion lead to the Civil War in many ways. The Trail of Tears caused more tension to rise in the United States. Native Americans became angry and lost trust in the American governmentbecause the settlers forced and physically moved them out of their homes. The Trail of Tears helps the Manifest Destiny because it is mainly the idea that moving west will bring more comfort and new riches to the settlers. This is major expansion westward.
The Anglos arriving in Texas did not see the Mexicans as friends or neighbors they saw them as inferior people. This is what results of the idea of the manifest destiny. The mManifest destiny is the idea or attitude that God created the Anglo-Saxon race to bring civilization to inferior dark people. This was the main motivator of the expansion throughout history. As Anglo Americans moved to Texas, many native born Mexican Texans would be removed from their land and face discrimination.
Truly, it was very clear that the Americans won the war because Texas wanted to become part of the US, and the United States wanted to adopt Texas into their union. Thirdly, a second reason the Mexican War was not justified because US soldiers were in a disputed area. According to Jesus Velasco Marquez from “A Mexican Viewpoint on the War With the United States,” he states that “From Mexico’s point of view, the annexation of Texas to the United States was inadmissible for both legal and security reasons.” As well as, “The American government acted like a bandit who came upon a
Imagine inviting neighbors into one 's space and they take it for themselves. This is how Mexico felt in the Mexican-American war. Mexico had a substantial amount of land after declaring itself free from Spain. They wanted to increase the population by allowing U.S. settlers to come into Texas. However, this wasn’t a good idea because Americans had different beliefs on things such as slavery.
Annexing Texas and declaring war caused more problems for Mexico and America. America should have left Texas to Mexico. It caused many security problems to Mexico and brought the issues of slaves. It also seems as if america was “asking” for a war. Mexico did indeed throw the first punch, but America was taunting them.
The cry of war was heard between two nations that continually fought for land. Different boundaries are being claimed between America and Mexico for the fight of Texas, but the result is the increasing number of the dead. The United states chose to start the annexation of Texas. Mexico was angry with this unfair request. American troops were sent to southern Texas to only result in meeting the same set of foes.
Nonetheless, the Mexican American War was unjust because of President Polk’s thirst for more territory. After its independence in 1821 and brief experiment with monarchy, Mexico became a republic in 1824, characterized by considerable instability, as a result, the U.S. initiated the conflict with the Centralist Republic of Mexico. The U.S took advantage of the fact that