Mexican War/US Land and Territory The Mexican American War caused many people to lose lives and could have been avoided. President Polk wanted more land and liked the idea of expanding the US. As a result of the war, the US had acquired more than 525,000 square miles of land. Many historians believe that the Mexican War was an unnecessary attack on a weaker country. The Mexican war had many causes and effects but ultimately Mexico lost.
After years of fighting America claimed victory. America won because all the disadvantages Mexico faced during the war such as a weak central government, a lack in technology, and were at war with the Indians. The huge dispute about immigration and slavery in 1820’s at Texas foreshadowed an upcoming war between U.S and Mexico. In the beginning the Mexican government allowed American immigration to Texas. They also turned the other way when Americans brought slaves in order to help grow cotton.
But the conflict started when the Mexican government tried to take action which the settlers of Texas where angered by. Of course racism was not just between the Texans and the Mexicans. At the time of the revolution slavery was still legal so any person moving from the southern states... ... middle of paper ... ...rnment was not able to send any reinforcements to San Antonio so the remaining Texan forces retreated as well. So to sum things up, the state of Texas that we know today may be very different if the revolution had either not happened of had ended differently. Many people lost their lives during this revolution, both on the Texan side as well as the Mexican.
Other members in government were concerned about Mexico and provoking a conflict. Before President Tyler left office and Polk became the eleventh president of the United States in 1845, he initiated the... ... middle of paper ... ...te into the Union. The citizens of Texas wanted to break away from Mexican control. President Polk also wanted the territories of California and New Mexico. Unfortunately, Mexico would not sell.
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.
He was j... ... middle of paper ... ...their might charging at the enemy screaming " Remember the Alamo". Their incentive in winning was the one hundred and eighty deaths at the Alamo. This inner strength that they obtained from the defeat at the Alamo helped the others defeat the Mexicans and finally win their freedom from the yolk of the Mexican government and eventually being accepted as the twenty-eighth state in the United States of America. But the acceptance would not come easily. They had problems being accepted due to the fact that the ownership of slaves was considered all right in Texas but the North did not want to accept more slave states.
As the armies of Texas argued over whether it should send its troops to other states to fight, the institution of slavery went full steam ahead. After the end of the war many blacks began to realize the hatred that faced them and how many whites in Texas would do anything in order to ensure that they(whites) would always be the ruling class. Opportunity did not come easy to blacks, but prejudice did. Almost until the very end of the Civil War, Texans seemed to be denying the fact that an end coming to their precious "right" to own and oppress their "inferior" and "heathen" God-given servants. Courtesy of chew (1995) University of Maryland
American settlers decided to move to Texas because this place was big and rich with resources and possibilities. It was also largely part of Mexico. Moses Austin went on the long trip to San Antonio to get permission from Mexican government to bring a group of American settlers into ... ... middle of paper ... ...xicans. The U.S. claimed that the southern boundary of Texas was the Rio Grande. During the war, Mexican forces lost many soldiers but surrendered only after much negotiation.
Despite the warning the U.S attempted to annex Texas. In doing so Mexico retaliated by breaking off all diplomatic relations with the U.S. Mexico felt that the U.S was insulting them by not taking them seriously when they threatened with war. So at this point America showed a very large interest in possessing Texas. America was very close to actually acquiring Texas when they made their first mistake in the war. The U.S requested the also be given the Rio Grande.
Some people however did not have any assurance in the way the government set up these principles. Since Americans started to resist working for f... ... middle of paper ... ...s Congress called for union with the United States" (Liberty, p.497). Once Houston was elected president, Texas had ended their disputes and joined America. The invasion of Texas would soon put Mexico on alert and lead to another dispute for America. Another dispute led to the beginning of the Mexican War, which took place in the mid nineteenth century.