Texas became a state in 1845 and so Mexico broke off all relations with the US. The US also said that Mexico owed the US $3 million to make up for lives and property lost. Americans demanded the US take it by force. There were many reasons that caused the Mexican War to happen. The Americans had two objectives, more land and to invade Mexico.
The History of Texas Texas history itself had its own amazing story. The small number of American settlers moved to the land of Texas had led to the dramatic war with the Mexicans. The land of Texas was used to be owned by Mexicans. Due to the argument between Texans and Mexicans caused the battle of San Jacinto and Mexican War. In long ago before American settlers moved to Texas, this place was so rich and an abundance of land.
The Causes of the War of 1812 and American Mexican War Was it a Justified War? "After reiterated menaces, Mexico has passed the boundary of the United States, has invaded our territory and shed American blood upon the American Soil. She has proclaimed that hostilities have commenced, and that the two nations are at war," is what President James K. Polk has sent to the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States in May 11, 1846. The American Mexican War began for which state would have annexed Texas. The War of 1812 began for many reasons.
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.
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.
After the United States annexed Texas, both countries continued to argue the ending border of Texas. The Mexico claimed the Nueces River as its northeastern border, meanwhile the American claimed it ended at Rio Grande River. President Polk thought that military force would be needed to fulfill the United States’ manifest destiny, he commanded General Zachary Taylor to advance his four thousand-men army toward the banks of the Rio Grande. Taking the American advance as aggression, on April 25, 1846, a party of Mexican cavalry attacked a small group of American soldiers in a disputed territory, which killed or wounded sixteen members and captured the rest of them. This act of Mexico accidentally triggered the detonator of the war.
Causes After the Texas independence war, Mexico doesn’t recognize Texas’s independence because their president, General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, was captured during the Texas independence war. Although we didn’t get to annex Texas because it would be a slave state and an unbalanced between free and slave states. Texas finally got annexed in 1845 which was one of the causes that started the Mexican American War. The other cause is that President James Polk wanted California, so he offered Mexico $30,000,000 dollars for New Mexico, California and to have the border of Texas at the Rio Grande. He sent an American diplomat, John Slidell, to Mexico City.
From the very time of winning independence, annexation of Texas to the United States was at the top of the list of things to do. But as soon as the Texas minister was sent to Washington to neglagate for an annexation, the Martin Van Buren administration told that the proposition could not be entertained. The reasons given were constitutional scruples and fear of war with Mexico. The real reason behind Washington’s excuses was slavery. From the very second the words of annexation of Texas hit the US borders anti-slavery activists were on the ball... ... middle of paper ... ... to brake apart into four other states.
After he left a provisional President and a large army that was led by General Victoriano Huerta. Soon after Diaz left Mexico, Zapata took Cuernavaca, the capital of Morelos, and he then rode to Mexico City where he met Madero, where he was declared President. The victory, however, was only the beginning of the problem that would come in Mexico. (www.tamu.edu.htm, Encarta 98) Although the Mexican revolution ended shortly after, Mexico is still fighting for their rights from the government. Even today the Mexican army is killing there own people and then taking their land just like the government did in the 1800’s.
They also turned the other way when Americans brought slaves in order to help grow cotton. But when tension grew the Mexican government prohibited slavery, raised taxes, and stopped American immigration. Because Americans thought it was the United States’ manifest destiny to expand west they decided to venture across Texas anyway, resulting in a fight at the Alamo which led to a lot of Texans dying. When Sam Huston and his newly trained army defeated Santa Anna’s army in 18 minutes and captured Santa Anna, they forced him to sign over Texas in exchange for his life. Only to have the compromise disregarded by the Mexican government.