One of the consequences of Manifest Destiny was the Mexican-American War. Following the ideology of Manifest Destiny, Texas was annexed into the United States in 1845, creating tensions with the Mexican government. While the annexation of Texas had great benefits for America, from the Mexican point of view it caused many issues legally and threatened national security (Document C). In pursuit of the grand ambitions of Manifest Destiny, President Polk and many Americans forgot to consider the consequences of achieving their ultimate goal of controlling the whole of North America. While before the United States had supported the independent countries, such as Mexico, that had broken free of Spanish rule, during this time period America lost sight of their ideals and made
Robert E. Lee’s (1807-1870) contribution to the United States as a war general and commander received positive connotations for his commitment, attitude and inspiration on the battlefield. However, it is debateable about his contributions because of Robert Lee’s association in the Civil War (1861-1865) to the Confederate Army that fought for the Southern States. Robert Lee lead many successful campaigns and battles including the following; helping defeat Mexican armies that lead to U.S land gains and westward expansion, battles against a more powerful army in the Civil War. Despite these achievements Lee’s loyalty for the Confederate Army that fought to uphold slavery undermines his success and is highly debateable about whether his contribution is justified or not. Robert Lee’s contributions to his nation begin before the Civil War in the Mexican-American War (1846-1848).
“Remember the Alamo!” “In this war, you understand, there are no prisoners.” General Santa Anna told this to his generals after the surrender of Bexar and Cos. Some of the factors leading up to the Battle of the Alamo were the different languages, religions, and different ways of thinking. Americans wanted Manifest Destiny, or the idea that they had a right to move west to Califorina, while Mexicans could barely stay united as a country. Americans took advantage of Mexico’s disabilty to stay together and claimed part of Texas, starting the idea of the Texan Revolution against Mexico. During the Texan Revolution, one of the most important battles was the Alamo or “El Alamo”, named after the cottonwood trees surrounding it.
The Annexation of Texas in 1844 was the climax of the Mexican-American War. In 1836, Mexico threatened war and President Martin Van Buren refrained from annexing Texas (Office of the Historian). It wasn’t until 1844 that President John Tyler negotiated with the Republic of Texas. The Treaty of Annexation was the tipping point, which caused Mexico to diplomat relations with the United States. However, Tyler fell short of collecting enough Senate votes to ratify the treaty.
After the American Revolution and declaring its independence, America has been aspired to the ideas of liberty, humanity, equality, and property rights. In the 1840s, the United States added greatly to its territory, gaining lands stretching all the way to the Pacific Ocean. President James K. Polk, who was elected in 1844 on the pledge to annex vast territories in the West, delivered on his major campaign compromise. The term Manifest Destiny was a wide belief that the American settlers were destined to expand from coast to coast. The idea of Manifest Destiny certainly contributed to several wars.
The first important battle was the battle of Agua Prieta, which was between Madero supporters and Diaz troops in 1911. The second battle was the battle of Columbus 1916, and it was conducted by Villa. The battle started as a raid by Villa's troops, but it was transformed into a full-scale battle between Villa and the United States. The United states used this battle as an excuse to invade Mexico and capture Villa. The bloodiest battle that happened during the revolution was the battle of Zacatecas in 1914. the battle ended with forcing Huerta to resign and achieving victory for Villa.
Ultimately giving up Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, and everything north of California. By the end of it all, Spain was only left with Cuba and Puerto Rico (Aske). However the United States didn’t stop right there. They continued to gain more land by starting the Mexican-American War in the year 1846 under President James K. Polk’s term. When
Frederick Jackson Turner, an American historian, stresses the importance of the great western frontier and all of the developments it has made on American history. It’s through Turner’s main points of how the frontier shaped America, how expansion to the west frontier changed people's cultural views, and why America is what it is today that he shows the true value the frontier has in American history. The first major point Turner emphasizes on greatly is how America was shaped by the frontier. The only limits Americans had discovered that they could not overcome were the physical barriers that lie between them and their vision of expansion. The frontier’s physical development that shaped America over each century began with the fall line of the east coast in the seventeenth century and ended at the belt of the Rocky Mountains.
“Once we became an independent people it was as much a law of nature that this [control of all of North America] should become our pretension as that the Mississippi should flow to the sea” –John Quincy Adams (Henretta, p. 384). In the 1840s, Americans had a belief that God destined for them to expand their territory all the way westward to the Pacific Ocean. This idea was called Manifest Destiny. In the nineteenth century, Americans were recognized for coming together and building up one another for one cause: westward expansion. The time of Manifest Destiny was a time of true American brotherhood and comradeship.