On May 13, 1846, after President James K. Polk requested to declare war on Mexico due to their “invasion” of America land, two days later the congress approved the request and officially declared war. The Mexican War of 1846 determined the destiny of America afterward. The Mexican war resulted in the acquiring amount of land in the Southwest of America today, thus came to the debate of which state should gain lands which reflect the sectional interests of different regions of America. The Southerners’ annexation of the lands as an opportunity to extend slavery and gain benefits. To the opposite, the Northerners have been against the spread of slavery. Mingled with different interests, the westerners were uncertain about the issue and have their own sectional interest. The nineteenth century was a period of geographic expansion when Americans seeked money and land. Surprisingly the Mexican war was inspired by the successful examples of the American Revolution and French Revolution (Nardo 7). It first began as a desire for expansion. There was little connection between America and Mexico until thousands of settlers left the east and decided to move west to the frontier. The Mexican revolution was greatly influenced by the idea of Manifest Destiny. The idea of Manifest Destiny is concerning democratic Americans. Explained thoroughly by Hakim in the Liberty or all?; manifest destiny was first used by John L. O 'Sullivan in an article published in 1845 in the United States Magazine and Democratic Review. Manifest Destiny is the belief in which having more land would mean a better economic advantage and Western expansion is necessary. John L. O 'Sullivan said it was ‘our...
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...the debate of whether the land gained from the war should be slave states or free states reflected the section interests of New Englanders, Southerners, and the Westerners. The Southerners favored slave states because they have large plantations and needed slaves for labor. In other hand, New Englanders believed in free states was the best method of governing. The Northerners thought slavery is morally wrong and should not be in a way for gaining profit. Westerners agree with the north, believing free states are the best for government and for its people and supported self-governing. During this time of period, the United states were going through a rapid change to find a way that would satisfy every region. The Mexican war was one of the most important events in American history. Hence, the separation between different regions set the time bomb for America’s future.
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