Mexican American War “...May the boldest fear and the wisest tremble when incurring responsibilities on which may depend on our countries peace and prosperity…” -James K. Polk. What our 11th president meant by this is that we need to maintain good relations to bring success as this is the opposite of what Mexico wanted. In 1845, many Americans believed in manifest destiny which was the belief that the United States was destined to stretch from coast to coast. As this idea scattered through America, citizens of the U.S. spread with it. Americans going west ran into Mexican territory, where settlement was cheap.
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.
He felt the North had too much power in government as there were more free states than slave states. The north also had a greater population giving them advantages in representation. Calhoun feared that the South will be forced to choose between abolition, or secession. A simple solution proposed by Calhoun is to discontinue talks of abolition, and allow slavery to continue unchanged. He stated that those who want to preserve the Union are biased and against the Southern ideals and institutions.
Indeed, the increase in population had to do with the diversity in North America, however, religion, political, and the economy did too. When New York’s population increased, there were more beliefs and ideas going around. For example, its religion became more diverse due to the freedom of religion offered. People were able to choose what religion they wanted to practice, so this made them feel free. The religions such as Lutherans, Quakers, Jews, Catholics, Anglicans, Baptists, and Presbyterians became the religion variety in North America.
As late as the nineteenth century, Native American relations with the Anglo-Americans remained full of unease and hostility. The desire to expand the U.S. coast-to-coast known as Manifest Destiny inspired many to travel west to seek new opportunities and land. However, although the U.S. grew and successfully established a transcontinental railroad, Native Americans regressed under the developing America. As a result, Native Americans attempted to backlash with events like the Battle of Little Bighorn where efforts to preserve Native American culture were short-lasting. From social factors such as the assimilation of natives to economic factors such as taking land forcefully, tensions between Native Americans and Anglo-Americans persisted.
The shows offered entertainment to selling natural remedies sold by natives Indians who were employed by them. The birth of the Wild West as a successful genre was largely a product of personality, dramatic acumen, and good timing as it gave an aura of authenticity. But portrayed the cowboy as the true hero of the West and the Indians as warring savages because of their shows depicted a simple moral representation of good and evil. Where -Indians are considered good and Indians evil glorifying and justified the subjugation of the Indian tribes in the name of Manifest
The Manifest Destiny was a belief formulated by Americans that our nation should expand from coast to coast. The idea was formulated because of Americans pride and nationalism made them believe it was their destiny to expand the United States to the western coast. The Louisiana Purchase was the first act that started to fuel the idea of the Manifest Destiny, followed by Westward Migration, and the eventual wars that would take place in the new westward regions. The expansion of the United States, although at the time was aggressive in nature, would help to create the nation we see today. The Louisiana Purchase started the expansion of the United States westward into what is now known as the Midwest.
Zumarraga’s and other activists actions, over time, pushed for the removal of such practice except for northern parts of Mexico, after all, the lands were not going to work itself to produce the wealth the Spaniards required. The newly acquired lands needed to produce profits sans high cost of production, resulted in the most logical alternative: free labor, and who better than the native Indians and in the later later years, Africans, who were eventually imported by the masses, to carry out these functions? The Spaniards undoubtedly enjoyed the authority they were granted providing their share of profits be made to the crown. They felt a sense of entitlement and invisibility, as they were men, part of a society of conquerors, and in some ways regarded themselves as “owners of the known world”. In Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz poem ‘Arraignment of Men” points out the duplicity regarding men’s innate need to control and condemn others for the same fallacies they themselves exhibit, “You men are such foolish breed, appraising with a faulty rule, the first you charge with being cruel, the second easy you decree”
America desired more land and spread of influence. For this reason, Manifest Destiny was created to begin the american expansion. Native Americans became the major victims of these events. Their homelands were taken by “a white man’s greed”. Be that as it may, the americans say they were not only helping themselves but the Natives too, of course this was only for show.
The government has many different roles throughout history and today. They had a very different role during westward expansion than today. Capitalism is a mostly non controlling government so you would have a lot of freedom and choice.The proper role of government is support the growing country and to spread capitalism. During westward expansion the government wanted, ( as well as many other Americans did,) to move west. To make capitalism spread west they passed the Homestead Act .
Manifest Destiny found its greatest support among Democrats, particularly in the northeastern states, where Democratic newspapers preached the dream of spreading American traditions through nonviolent means. The Whig Party stood in opposition because Whigs feared a growing America would bring with it a spread of slavery. As the century went on, the South came to view Manifest Destiny as an opportunity to secure more territory for the creation of additional slaveholding states in Central America and the Caribbean. Although Manifest Destiny’s idea of nonviolent means to achieve their goal really didn’t happen, by the America’s westward expansion it greatly influenced a war with Mexico and the violent removal of the native
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
Westward Expansion Flash Draft Have you ever wondered about what would 've happened if the westward expansion never occurred? We wouldn 't have many things you know today and America would be a lot smaller. The westward expansion happened during the 1800s and helped shape the modern America. The westward expansion started with the Louisiana Purchase and was made even stronger by the Gold Rush. Many people came to strike it rich or just to start a new life out west.
Manifest Destiny gave Americans the idea that they had the right to expand through the continent to spread the freedom and liberty they had come to know. This freedom and liberty did not apply to all. A significant numbers of Americans viewed themselves as superior to the people of the unsettle regions, namely the Indians and the Mexicans. This idea of racial superiority was also the underlying issue within the debate of slavery. The expansion throughout the continent would only serve to reopen the controversy over slavery and create further tension between the North and South.
The citizens living close to the Mississippi River could see the benefits of migrating west, and they were beginning to do just that when the U.S. government decided to back them up. Evidence of this can be seen in “Thomas Jefferson’s America, 1801,” an essay by Stephen Ambrose. Ambrose writes, “The entire population, both free and slave, west of the mountains, reached not yet half a million; but already they were partly disposed to think themselves, and the old thirteen States were not altogether unwilling to consider them, the germ of an independent empire, which was to find its outlet, not through the Alleghenies to the seaboard, but by the Mississippi River to the Gulf” (52). This quote shows how the United States government realized that the citizens close to the western border were going to cross over into the vast lands, even if it meant starting a new nation. This point adds to the argument that common people were responsible for westward expansion by showing that the U.S. government practically followed the citizens’ lead into the western