Texas Revolution: independent or slavery? Lucila Gareau HIST 1301 Introduction: Outline The Texas Revolution, was a rebellion in late 1835 and early 1836 promoted by the people of Texas, then became a part of northern Mexico, debating and fighting against the Mexican government and military. The rebellion led to the foundation of the independent Republic of Texas. The republic was annexed by the United States as a state in 1845. These events were mainly the causes of the Mexican War between Mexico and the United States, after which Mexico relinquished all demands and land to Texas and much of the present-day southwestern United States.
Introduction The Battle of the Alamo is considered one of most important battles in Texas History that occurred February 23, 1836. This battle took place in San Antonio, Texas during the Texas Revolution. The Texas Revolution began in 1835 due to the conflict between the United States immigrants and the Mexican government. The Immigrants wanted to start their own republic so they decided to revolt against the Mexican government. After several successions, the Texan Army had gained control of the territory, but later lost it at the Battle of Coleto and the Battle of the Alamo.
Mexico owed the European countries money and did not want it to pay it back because of a series of devastating war with the United States known as the Mexican-American War. The Mexican-American War took place 14 years after the United States defeated Mexico. The European countries formed a Triple Alliance to work together to get their money back. However, Britain and Spain came to a negotiation with Mexico and withdrew. As for the France, they seized this opportunity to carve a dependent nation out of Mexican territory.
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.
President Jackson did not treat the Indians fairly, the land belonged to the Indians, and the Indians rights were being violated. President Jackson did not treat any of the Indians fairly. President Jackson had the Indians move from where they lived to west of the Mississippi River. In President Andrew Jackson’s Message to Congress on December 6,1830, it stated that “Cherokee nation occupies its own territory and no Georgia citizens have the right to enter.” (Worcester) The Cherokee had their territory but it was taken away by Jackson. President Jackson did this because the U.S. was desperate for land.
Interestingly, as pointed out by Lawrence Rosenwald, Professor of English at Wellesley College in this article The Theory, Practice & Influence of Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience, the time in which Thoreau failed to pay his taxes and was jailed, was four years before the Mexican-American War. Also, the tax Thoreau refused to pay was not a federal tax. It was a tax that was used for state and local purposes. Since the Mexican War was a federal action and because slavery was not legal in the New England states, it would seem that Thoreau’s resistance was misplaced. However, Thoreau was protesting the nature of government.
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
“According to the declaration, the Mexican government had invaded Texas to lay waste territory and had a large mercenary army advancing to carry on a war of extermination” (Steen). The US officially did not intervene in this struggle, although thousands of volunteers in the United States were recruited to help the Texans. Armed conflicts between Mexico and the Texas Republic made it possible to end not so much the annexation of the United States (under the agreement of December 29, 1845, Texas became the 28th state), but the US victory in the American-Mexican war of 1846-1848, which completely suppressed the resistance of Mexico, territorial
Manifest Destiny is a term for the mentality common amid the nineteenth century time of American development that the United States could, as well as was bound to, extend across the nation. This state of mind powered western settlement, Native American evacuation and war with Mexico. Gen. Zachary Taylor needed to go to war with US. Which the name of this war is called "The Mexican War". Notwithstanding, US was not arranged for this fight and greater part of the officers of the US had political arrangements.
“The war that ensued started at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, on April 12, 1861, and lasted four years”(Confederate.., pg1). The North and South were quite different, so during the Civil war, each side had advantages politically, socially, economically, and demographically. One of the Advantages the North had was Political. The South seceded from the Union because they feared the end to slavery, so when they left the union they had no government. After all of the states seceded, they announced the creation of the Confederate States of America.