America gained lots of land and also revived the thought of slavery. The US gained the regions of California Nevada and Utah. They also acquired most of Arizona New Mexico and parts of Colorado and Wyoming. Many historians believe the Mexican war wasn't needed and was an unnecessary attack on a weaker country. Works Cited "Chapter 8: The Mexican War and After."
Also the way Texas began in a way said that they should be apart of the United States In the end there were more important reasons for annex Texas into the union, than to leave Texas the was she was. From the early days of pioneers and settlers, thousands of Americans began to move into what would become Texas. The Mexican government was wanting to populate the Texas area to increase the economy. For a long period of time the Mexican government had placed many laws on the territory, but none that were deeply inforced. Finally when a new dictatorship came into power, they began to enforce the laws.
They were able to sway the federal government to create policies and new laws that were in favor of supporter’s beliefs. It was mainly the people in the north that opposed territorial expansion. This was because northerners saw how unmoral expansion could be. They also had no need for the newly acquired lands and feared that further acquisition of land would only strengthen the west; this is why opponents of expansion got so upset when the United States considered annexing Texas. William Plumer, a Federalist, said, “Admit this western world into the union, and you destroy with a single operation the whole weight and importance of the eastern states.”(Document A).
Mexico did not view the Americans as a treat when they began to move into their northern territories that is until Texas seceded from Mexico. When the idea or concept of Manifest Destiny became extremely popular Americans once again lusted after the opportunity of expanding its nation and gaining power. With Polk’s intentions clear Americans entering Mexican territory was now a threat to their nation. President Polk did not necessarily want to go to war with Mexico but was not entirely opposed to it, if it gave him what he believed should belong to the United States. Something Polk did not expect was that Mexico would not surrender its land easily, they would not go down without a fight.
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.
Aggravated with overcrowding, rising prices and economic depression; many Americans sought to start a new life away from the eastern seaboard. Those looking for new farm land and trade opportunities cast their eyes on the resources that lay in the vast domain to the west. It did not matter to them if the areas lie in a foreign country or was already inhabited by Mexicans or Indians. Americans justified taking land and displacing Mexicans and Indians through their belief of Manifest Destiny and white supremacy. Americans’ hunger for land and resource took a toll on Mexico.
The western expansion broke Mexico from the core, starting with families. The majority of Mexican families became separated when the new border was put in play and as a result to this, families were divided by being placed on opposing... ... middle of paper ... ...e Indian Removal Act was written in a way that suggests a fair “exchange” of lands between natives and Americans, however, it opened the door for the militias of the southern states to drive the Native Americans, like a herd of cattle, from their land by force. The federal government did not care or think about the fact that the Cherokee nation had changed their ways to assimilate the American culture. Instead, the U.S. government forced an entire nation over which it had no jurisdiction to march hundreds of miles at gunpoint like savage barbarians, causing thousands to die. The Cherokee had been abused by white settlers, who burned their towns, occupied Cherokee territory illegally, and stole their livestock.
American-Mexican War The Mexican-American War marked the first American military battle to be fought on foreign soil. The Mexican American War was mainly driven by the idea of “Manifest Destiny”; the belief that the United States had a right to spread across the continent to the Pacific Ocean. The motives that were really behind Manifest Destiny was the acquisition of new territory ,and the Americans wanted territories which were relatively uninhabited by people they considered inferior, such as Indians, blacks and Mexicans. President Pork provoked war with Mexicans with the aim of pushing Mexico into negotiating with Americans. To achieve this, he was willing to threaten them with war.
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.