The first origination was driven by the idea of “Manifest Destiny”, this phrase was first employed by John L. O’Sullivan in an article on the annexation of Texas, published in the July - August 1845 edition of the United States Magazine and Democratic Review. It means that the American believed that God granted them the right and destiny, allowed them to occupy and expand their boundaries, from “sea to shining sea.” To understand this belief, we need to look to the need and desire of America at that time. First, they were struggling with the high periodic birth rate and the over population which caused by the immigration. After that, they experienced the decline of economic for two times, one was in 1818 and the other was in 1839, and a result from these economic depressions was making people wanted to seek to the new lands for living. In addition, most of them were looking for the frontier areas because those lands were inexpensive, and in some cases, it could be free. The idea of Manifest Destiny, therefore, also con...
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...tern 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. When the news of the slaughter came to president Polk, he approached the Congress and claimed, Mexico has passed the boundary of the United States, has invaded the American territory, and shed American blood upon American soil. Therefore, on May 13, 1846, the war is officially outbreaking.
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