The expansion throughout the continent would only serve to reopen the controversy over slavery and create further tension between the North and South. As long as there was a fundamental difference in beliefs throughout the country, conflict would continue. The possible acquisition of land from Mexico led to another point of contention in the slavery debate. When a bill surfaced to appropriate funding to purchase peace with Mexico during the war, a provision was added to prohibit slavery in any newly acquired territory. Southern opposition soon surfaced claiming that all Americans had equal rights in new lands.
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
Luckily, no charges were made against him, and he was set free to go back to Texas. In Stephen 's absence, many events had occurred that had pushed Texas on an irreversible course to war. Stephen could have most likely stopped these events from occurring, but went along with them anyways. Stephen was elected to command volunteer forces against the Mexican army, and also was elected as a commissioner to the United States. The business of the commissioners was to manage loans and volunteers, gather funds for munitions and equipment, arrange warships, and do whatever they could to commit the government of the United States to recognize and annex Texas if they declared
The North wanted to ban slavery in all states won from the Mexican Cession, while the South wanted to enact new laws on fugitive slaves who escaped; the South also threatened seceding from the Union yet again. Unable to watch his beautiful Union crumble, Clay began solving the problems between the North and the South with a compromise. Clay stated that California would become part of the Union as a free state and organize New Mexico and Utah as territories without any slavery restrictions.
Unlike the viewpoint of Americans, Mexicans did not view the annexation of Texas and the Mexican-American War justifiable. Americans did not have the right to invade in Mexico. Many politicians in the United States proclaimed that they should expand their territory by the annexation of Texas and Mexico. Americans justified the annexation with the idea of “Manifest Destiny”, an expression of idealized justification on the part of Americans that they have the God-given right to civilize all the nations.
As a Democrat, I believe that President Polk was justified in starting the Mexican-American War. Also, as a strong supporter of Manifest Destiny, also known as Western expansion, I furthermore find reason to believe Polk was justified in initiating war with the Mexican people; being that the Mexican government refused peaceful negotiation. The Americans were the just owners of this western land, and we intended to get it. The Mexican government refused a meeting with our representative to establish the border between Texas and Mexico, along with an offer of 30 million dollars for Western territory. These western territories would provide substantial economic growth for the United States, as well as the obvious: making our nation larger as
“Remember the Alamo!” In 1821 Mexico won the independence from Spain, then when Mexican started to let people into their country saying that they would give the people free land to settle on and the Americans were settlement for new land after become a country of their own. Mexico started to become overpopulated as a country then the tension grew between American settlers and the Mexican government or the Mexican who lived in the Texas area known as “Tejanos”. Then the Mexicans government made a law that says that no more American settlers were allowed in the Texas area because it belonged to the mexican government. The settlers wanted the state of Texas, commander Stephen Austin called for a Texas revolution for state. Hernandez 2 The Mexican government weren’t really going to fight back for the state but then one General wasn’t going to settle for less for the country of Mexico.
They each had their own reasons for war, but the main purpose was change. Change to a better life, change for a new government, change for a better economy. The bottom line is change was needed globally. For America, their reason of change was to form their own government. A government of check and balances, where no one person has all of the power, and the people’s rights can be protected by the government.
Belived that obtaning western territory was a God given right based on race supremacy, that the white race was chosen by God to dominate and expand to the Pacific Ocean. More on this long term cause which was the Manifest Destiny; its said to be a concept coming back from the Puritans that Americans kept in mind and was ultimately a justification practiced by Southerners to grow slavery which Mexicans tried eliminating in Texas. Finally, the last short term cause that may of caused the American-Mexican war is the simple fact of practice of racism in a uprise and the simple fact of being a very different country. President Polk is said to have despise Mexicans, he did not tolarate or liked them at all. Polk and most of the Americans viewed the Mexican race as worthless and like something Pg.5 out of this world, because they were a mix between Spanish and Indians.
a. The War with Mexico i. Polk wants control over ALL of Mexico, between Texas and Pacific Ocean- willing to go to war ii. Texas Republic accepted statehood in 1845=1845 Mexico broke off diplomatic relations with the US iii. Polk intimated Mexican Gov- Zachary Taylor occupy all the lands in the Nucese River and Rio Grande iv. Sent John Slidell to Mexico city- to secure Mexican acceptance of the Rio Grande boundary and to buy Mexico and CA- officials did not see him v. Alternate plan was to start a CA revolution (like Texas) to get independence and join the US vi.