The Mexican American War

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The United States of America has been through many wars, wars concerning many things such as land oil, pride and respect. However, when the United States went to war with Mexico, it was planned over greed. The Mexican- American war was a war provoked by the United States, in efforts to expand the coasts of the country. Mexico was a small under privileged country who had previously to the war had already lost part of their country (Texas). Needless to say this war was cut throat and violent, it was however one of the smartest business decisions America has ever made.
The prelude to the war began in the 1830s when Mexico decided to open up their home to America. Due to the fact that Mexico was under populated, and had too much land they couldn’t afford they needed settlers. Mexico then allowed U.S. citizens to come and live in the Texas area as long as they agreed to take an oath of allegiance to Mexico and converted to Catholicism. Thousands of Americans took the offer and migrated to the Mexican province of Texas. Many of the new “Texans” were not satisfied with the way the Mexican government tried to run the province, which led to the a Revolution. Both Mexicans and Americans living in Texas fought for independence from the Mexican government. A final victory resulted in the capture of the Mexican President who was forced to sign the Treaty of Velasco, now giving Texas its independence. What Mexico didn’t know was that the loss of Texas was a prelude to the invasion of their country.
In the spring of 1846 two neighbors, the United States, and Mexico went to war, two nations extremely different, going in two separate directions. Previous to the war Mexico struggled to maintain control over the major amount of land it had inherited...

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Your May 6 news article on President Clinton's visit to a Mexican War memorial and the origins of that war provides an example of the stealth revisionism permeating the teaching of American history

ELIZABETH, S. M. (1997, May 17). U.S. acted to provoke war with mexico. New York Times
(1923-Current File). Retrieved from was satisfying to find in your May 6 news article on President Clinton's visit to a Mexican War memorial information about the United States invasion of 1846 from a Mexican perspective. Frank Oudkirk's accusation of "stealth revisionism" (letter, May 10) was a too-common, knee-jerk reaction to any implication of historical wrongdoing by the United States

Walt Whitman (1846 , May 11) On the Mexican War and the Annexation of Territory.
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