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.
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The main idea of the Mexican revolution grew out of the belief that a few landowners could no longer control the old ways of Spanish colonial rule, instead land should belong to all the people who worked the land and extracted its wealth through their labor. (The Mexican revolution EDSITEMENT) The revolution began in 1910 when Francisco I. Madero challenged Porfirio Diaz, the president at the time. It ended in the 1930’s because the current president, Venustiano Carranza was killed. Although he was killed in 1920, there was still disorder until the 1930’s. The Mexican revolution made an impact on Mexico by ending the reign of President Diaz, creating a constitutional republic and it also caused much violence throughout the years.
Issues of economic crisis and slavery were vital to solve. The U.S needed to justify their actions; thus, they put the blame on Mexico for starting the war. The War with Mexico was a significant event since it was the largest U.S military expansion for the reasons of modernization covered up as an act of self-defense. American imperialists had in mind to control the West Coast even before the Louisiana Purchase. “But no historian has yet dramatized the story of how Americans began, even before they acquired Louisiana, to view the ocean as their next frontier.” Acquiring the West Coast would give U.S shorter trading route to Asia than Europe had, and a path for further territorial expansion.
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.
Come September of 1847, General Santa Anna and Mexico had failed therefore General Scott had led a victorious army into the Mexican capital, Mexico City, where Santa Anna quit from his office of President. The Mexican government was radically destabilized by this and many United Statesmen wanted to make an annexation of all of the Republic of Mexico. At last on February 2nd of 1848, just after the discovery of gold in Sacramento, the United States government forced Mexico to sign the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo to end the war and deliver all of the territories desired. They took away the great areas of Texas to California which also includes New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Nevada (actually, the lower parts of New Mexico and Arizona were held off limits until the new Gadsden purchase of those lands made in 1854) for the amount of fifteen million dollars. The closing sequence... ... middle of paper ... ...alifornia Press, 1995.
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.
Another reason is because social conflicts reduced the desire for independence .On the other hand, it assaulted dependency because there were some changes within the social hierarchy, and because Mexico was free from Spain. Narrative Before the Mexican insurgency, a mass famine struck the Bajio, or lowland region of Mexico, whilst the higher classes of Mexico were making more money than before. To make matters worse, the inability of the lower class to rule in Mexico resulted in anger due to social injustice. Finally, the Crisis of Legitimacy caused the desire to overthrow the corrupt government. The decorated leader Miguel Hidalgo started a revolt against the ruling class of Spain, destroying the profitable lands of Guanajuato, which led to conflict against the creoles.