Americans’ hunger for land and resource took a toll on Mexico. The turmoil of a new Mexican government, Annexation of Texas, and American scheme to acquire Mexican territory led to Mexico ceding all land north of Rio Grande from Texas west to California. Trouble began long before Mexico gained their independence from Spain. The government in Mexico became destabilized and chaotic when the French arrested the Spanish King and occupied Spain in 1807 (Tindall & Shi, 2010, pg.386). This disordered rule led Miguel hidalgo y Costilla, a creole priest, to organize a revolt to declare Mexican freedom from Spanish rule; however, he was eventually captured and executed in 1811 (Tindall & Shi, 2010, pg.
I believe that even if Mexico would have not disputed the boundary line of Texas America would have looked for another reason to provoke a war to seize all control of the west. The U.S won because of all the disadvantages the Mexicans faced such as a weak central government, a lack in military technology, and were already at war with the Indians. The U.S not only wanted to migrate westward because they felt like it was the United States’ manifest destiny to move westward, but also they wanted to expand agriculture and become more powerful and richer.
Regardless of the decade or the country a person lives in, there seems to be a reckless disregard for the toll a war can take on human lives. When the Alamo was fought back in February 1836, it was about the independence of Texas from Mexico. In retaliation of the death and destruction of human life, Sam Houston retaliated in April and killed 630 Mexican soldiers and took General Santa Anna prisoner (Tindall & Shi, 2010). This was the start of the independence of Texas and the quest for annexation into the United States, which ultimately led to the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848. This paper will briefly explain the reasons for the Mexican-American War and will describe the outcome of the war.
Mexico responded by breaking off diplomatic relations. President Tyler left the office as the 10th president before he was able to purchase Texas, so President Polk as 11th president continued with the campaign to buy up Texas. The Annexation included the territories of California and Oregon. The Mexican-American War played a vital role which led to the occupation and eventual expansion of the Un... ... middle of paper ... ... they had owned for centuries, in the end it cost Mexico lives and land. The United States knew that Mexico was a weaker nation so by using their military force they were hoping to coerce Mexico into giving up the lands because Mexico stood no chance against the might of the United States military force.
Also the way Texas began in a way said that they should be apart of the United States In the end there were more important reasons for annex Texas into the union, than to leave Texas the was she was. From the early days of pioneers and settlers, thousands of Americans began to move into what would become Texas. The Mexican government was wanting to populate the Texas area to increase the economy. For a long period of time the Mexican government had placed many laws on the territory, but none that were deeply inforced. Finally when a new dictatorship came into power, they began to enforce the laws.
Something Polk did not expect was that Mexico would not surrender its land easily, they would not go down without a fight. When Polk sent troops with General Zachary Taylor to the Rio Grande, a Mexican army was sent to keep the Americans from crossing further into Mexican soil and this was taken by Taylor as a sign of the beginning of war. President Polk had given John Slidell the task to not try and negotiate but demand that the Nueces River but the Rio Grande become the Texas border. To make matters worse Polk also wanted New Mexico and California to secede from Mexico and later be annexed into the United States like Texas had. Mexico felt th... ... middle of paper ... ...mselves from Spain and recently lost Texas.
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