“Texas won their independence in 1836”(Roden 317). Texas needed to prove that they were independent from Mexico without dragging the U.S. into it. In the battle of the Alamo, many Americans helped, however, the war was not ours, so why should this war be any different (Roden 269)? In Polk 's message to Congress asking them to declare war on Mexico he states: “I had ordered an efficient military force to take a position between the Nueces river and the Rio del Norte. This had become necessary to meet a threatened invasion of Texas.” Mexico was invading Texas not the U.S.
The United States war with Mexico was over 160 years ago and still continues to be a divisive and widely debated topic, was it justifiable or not? The first war to be fought mostly on foreign land, was the Mexican-American War that started in 1846. America, lead by President Polk, who believed the U.S had a “manifest destiny”, fought against Mexico who had a weak military and was politically divided. After the war ended in 1848, Mexico lost one-third of its territory which included present-day California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico. Although the United States war against Mexico resulted in the gaining of America’s most valuable land, the war itself was unjust because their goal was to expand slavery, Texas was wrong from the beginning, and the war was based on false pretenses.
U.S. should have never crossed when Mexico didn’t give permission. Slave owners brought slaves even though it was a Slave-free land.No,United States was not justified in going to war because of all the laws orders they have deceived of Mexico amd Mexico cant’t make that decision whether or not they want to go to war or not. This War is important because without our freedom we would have still been part of Mexico and our country wouldn’t have expanded for further
On the contrary, some individuals claim the US was not justified in going to war with Mexico. This point of view makes sense because Texas was Mexico’s to begin with. Despite that, Texas was independent when the US annexed it. Therefore, the united states was justified in going to war with Mexico. As stated before, the US was justified in going to war with Mexico because of three reasons, Americans were killed, Texas was already annexed, and Manifest Destiny allows it.The United states had many superb reasons for going to war with Mexico.
Territories began to expand in the 1800’s. In the 1820’s Mexico won independence from Spain and Americans’ began to migrate there. 10 years later Mexico was surprised to see how much the population and culture grew in Texas. In the late 1830’s Texas petitioned to be part of the United States.1 However during this time the expansion of slavery and keeping peace with Mexico was in issue. 2 Finally in 1845 Texas became part of America.
The Mexican Cession came after the United States and Mexico were engaged in a two-year war between the year 1846-1848 which then resulted in the United States gaining control of the territory (Fieldman 71). In the U.S. the war did not receive full backing from everyone; most of the proponents of the war were democrats with most Whigs opposing the move to engage Mexico in a war. Therefore, the Mexican cession was the outcome of this war that resulted in Mexico ceding most of its territory (approximately 42%) to the United States from South Western Wyoming all the way to California. Also, the U.S. paid 15 million dollars on top to complete the acquisition, half the amount it had been willing to pay before the war took place (Hill 84). The Guadalupe Hidalgo Treaty signed in 1848 marked the acquisition of the
The Mexican-American War “Although most Americans believed in Manifest Destiny, few could agree on exactly which lands the United States was supposed to govern.” -Charles W. Carey Jr. The Mexican-American War, also known as the Mexican War, was a war between the United States and the Centralist Republic of Mexico occurring between April 25, 1846 and February 2, 1848. It all began when a Mexican cavalry attacked a group of U.S. soldiers in the disputed zone under the command of General Zachary Taylor, killing around a dozen troops. When Texas gained their independence from Mexico in 1836, the United States declined to add the territory into the union because of politics. If Texas was occupied as a state, the addition of another slave
Mexican War The Mexican-American War took place in the time period of 1846 to 1848. This was the first U.S. armed war that was mostly fought on foreign land. It was fought between two neighboring countries. One was a politically divided and militarily unprepared Mexico and the other was the expansionist-minded United States. The United States was, at the time, led by the administration of U.S. President James K. Polk, who believed the United States had the God given right to spread across the continent to the Pacific Ocean, this term was called “Manifest Destiny.” Many say that the United States basically invaded Mexico and illegally took their land.
Sam Houston was chosen to be the commander in chief of the Texas army. Then shortly after that Sam Houston died in 1836. The battle San Jacinto was only 18 minutes because Sam Houston’s army was much larger than the Mexican army. But Sam Houston snuck up behind them and started to kill the Mexican army. When Sam Houston captured Santa Anna, Sam Houston’s army wanted to hang him but Sam
O’Sullivan was an American columnist whom was known for his use of the term, “manifest destiny,” which promoted the annexation of Texas to the United States. He argues that the adverse attitude toward Texas’ independence from Mexico needs to end. In this article, O’Sullivan also expands on the importance of the growth of the country throughout the continent. It further acknowledges the freedom of Texas as not a rebellion, but by abandonment from Mexico. John O’Sullivan sees the future of America expanding into California and Mexico becoming a country without a real government.
“ Thus, when the Mexican government learned of the treaty signed between Texas and the United States in April 1844, it...would consider such an act “a declaration of war.”... (Marquez, 327). In other words, Mexico thought that Texas being annexed without proper permission was considered a reason to go to war for. It is understandable why the opposition believes that Texas should have asked for consent before signing a treaty to be annexed.Though it is a valid point, Texas should have been able to not get authorization from Mexico, as long as Texas got the US’s permission. Manifest Destiny was the will of God for the US to take over California. “Other nations checking the fulfillment of our manifest destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence (God) for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions.” (O’sullivan,
With the losses adding up, Mexico turned to recent standby General Antonio Lopez Delaware Santa Ana, the strong man who had been living in exile in Cuba. Santa Ana convinced President Polk that, if allowed to come back to United Mexican States, he would finish the war on terms that would be considered favorable to the us. However, once he arrived, he straight off double-crossed President Polk by taking management of the Mexican army and leading it into battle. At the Battle of Buena Vista in February 1847, Santa Ana suffered serious casualties and was forced to withdraw. Despite the loss, he assumed the Mexican presidency the next
Texas was not always a state, in fact, in 1837 it was its own country after it won its independence from Mexico. Once there were 60,000 inhabitants in Texas they created a request letter that was delivered to Washington D.C. to determine whether they could become a state. For many years Texas was denied because of Andrew Jackson 's greediness towards winning the vote of the northern states for his reelection. It wasn 't until 1845 that Texas became admitted as the 28th state of the United States. My life would be distinctly different when compared to the life I would live if Mexico never took Texas.
The day after, Taylor followed Mexico’s retreating men to Resaca de la Palma with 200 soldiers where they took yet another victory. The Mexicans were not prepared because they were poorly trained and their gunpowder was of such poor quality. The artillery barrages often sent the cannonballs to weakly go in the air, all the opposing soldiers had to do is just simply move out of the way to avoid them