When Jackson had won the war he had been named as the “Hero of New Orleans.” Another cause was that the British wanted the land west of the Mississippi.... The United States did what they had to do in order to show other countries that we were a strong independent country. We were no longer a weak country that was connected to Britain. For the American-Mexican War President James K. Polk had to do what he had to do. He wanted Texas as one of our states and so did Mexico.
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.
Argument #1: The United States and Mexican War was unlawful. America acted supreme over Mexican land and their rights without a valid reason. The US government used Manifest Destiny as excuse to expand borders and go to war with Mexico. The term “manifest destiny” was born by John O’Sullivan and was thought of a year before the war began. During the year 1846, people were moved by manifest destiny and seeked influence from the government to push west.
People often misunderstand the factors that led to one of the bloodiest wars in history, the Civil War. While many believe the question of the morality of slavery is what drove the South to secede, leading to the Civil War, that was not the main element. While main issue that led to the war was slavery, freedom and morality were not the center of this. It was a variety of political and economic aspects of slavery were what initiated the Civil War. Anti-Slavery writers such as Seward and Helper urged the country to abandon the extension of slavery in order to protect the union and the economy.
In order for America to dominate the entire continent, western expansion was necessary and land would have to be taken from Mexico. The Mexican government had threatened that a war would ensue if the United States decided to impose on their territories and annex Texas. James K. Polk, a Whig president, agreed to declare war on Mexico. Americans were victorious and accumulated considerable amounts of land that had been under Mexican rule. That is when the debates and upheaval began.
Thus, the issues of pro-slavery and anti-slavery arose between the Southern Democrats and Northern Republicans in the 1850s. The North desired to halt the expansion of slavery into western territories while the South strongly opposed. These two opposing parties led to radical abolitionism in the North, William Henry Seward and John Brown, and extreme secessionism in the South, James Henry Hammond, and South Carolina Ordinance of Secession. Due to their strict ideologies regarding slavery, both parties could not compromise on the issue of the expansion of slavery. Therefore, according to Americans in the years prior to the Civil War, conflict was inevitable.
By using the independence of Texas as an excuse, bullying accelerate by Mexican American War, and Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo as the result of bullying. These unfairness and unjust make America become stronger than ever, but it also shows American will do anything for its own benefit. It might be a good thing for a country because expansion can bring prosperity to economy and military, but in humanistic view, America is being a tyrant and enslaving Mexicans. Although nowadays, the relationship between Mexico and America is friendly, there are still tension between Chicanos and Americans due to the side-effect of the war. Regardless, America should stop bullying any other counties because the suffering that Mexicans had to go through should not happen ever again.
Another reason for the war to start is territory. In order for Napoleon III to gain power he needs land. The theory behind conflict starting over territory is stated as such; Explicit Contention over territory, official government representation, and claims of a specific territory must all be met, in order for a conflict to exist. (Hensel) Napoleon went to Mexico in order to gain back some of the money lent to the Mexican Army. When he his legion/army arrived in Mexico his intentions changed immediately.
There became a big controversy over the spread of slavery in the West during the 1850s. The progress in the 1840s was massive and because the United States had acquired California, Texas, Oregon, Washington and New Mexico. Although the northerners were not hard-core abolitionists, they did protest the spread of slavery in the west. As for the Southerners was a necessary evil and they considered slavery as being a positive good (Schultz, 2010). The Democrats and the Whigs did not want to push the South aside by appearing to be totally against slavery and not being supportive of the South.
This alliance would wreck the Southern cotton trade and stop American expansion (The Mexican War 2006). Newly elected President James Polk, a strong advocate for American expansion, dispatched John Slidell to Mexico to negotiate a deal for the New Mexico and California territories and to seek Mexican recognition of the Rio Grande River as the new Mexican-American border. It was important for the United States to establish its border ... ... middle of paper ... ...ed on Mexico by slaveholders greedy for new territory, President John Polk viewed the war as an opportunity to defend the annexation of Texas, establish the Rio Grande as its border, and to acquire the Mexican territories of California and New Mexico. Opportunity to defend the annexation of Texas, establish the Rio Grande as its boarder, and to acquire the Mexican territories of California and New Mexico. References McGill, S. (2009).