The Mexican-American War marked the first American military battle to be fought on foreign soil. The Mexican American War was mainly driven by the idea of “Manifest Destiny”; the belief that the United States had a right to spread across the continent to the Pacific Ocean. The motives that were really behind Manifest Destiny was the acquisition of new territory ,and the Americans wanted territories which were relatively uninhabited by people they considered inferior, such as Indians, blacks and Mexicans. President Pork provoked war with Mexicans with the aim of pushing Mexico into negotiating with Americans. To achieve this, he was willing to threaten them with war. His aim was to convince Mexicans to get into a negotiation and surrender a portion of their land to America. With the end of the Mexican War, the United States absorbed one third of that nation’s total area. Even though American’s gained a considerable amount of land, it created great political sectionalism in America. Mexico was fighting to keep what they thought was their property and the U.S desired to retain the disputed land of Texas and obtain more of Mexico’s northern lands. This fast expansion of the size of America combined with a number of other military successes and improvement of the country’s infrastructure and communication powered ideas of Anglo-Saxon sovereignty, which merged with America’s pride to create a manifest destiny. Due to American Mexican war , Manifest destiny instilled nation building through territorial expansion, endorsed slavery’s growth, and promoted the notion of American racial superiority (Chavez, 3). The Mexican American War was mainly driven by the idea of Manifest Destiny, that instill...
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... gave them a sense of entitlement and their disregard to Mexicans. For instance America dealt with Britain differently than it did with Mexico. While the United States was waging war against Mexico over territory, it was negotiating a peaceful settlement with Britain. Whereas the Mexicans were viewed as inferior, the English were seen as purebred equals who possessed many commonalities with Americans. An increasingly large number of Americans migrated towards the west in search of land, the fact tat most of those areas already had people living in them was ignored(ppppprappphrase). In deciding which territories to annex, the Americans wanted territories which were relatively uninhabited by people they considered inferior. Not only did many ethnic Mexicans in the ceded territories lose their land, but they also lost their civil rights and were ultimately racialized.
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