Insight about the Mexican War and the Manifest Destiny Essay

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You may ask yourself, What is the Mexican War and how did it begin? or What is Manifest Destiny and who came up with it? Those are all very good questions, so let me take the time to give you some insight about the Mexican war and Manifest Destiny. The Manifest Destiny was the belief that the United States was destined to expand from coast to coast. It was the concept that which heavily influenced American policy in the 1800s. Americans supported the manifest destiny because the Southerners wanted more land and Northerners believed expansion would relieve the population. The idea was the driving force behind the rapid expansion of America into the West from the East and heavily promoted newspapers and posters. Who came…show more content…
The nation didn't wait for Polk's inauguration to see results from his victory. A month later President Tyler wanted to deliver Texas and Polk promised that he wanted to deliver Oregon. Westerners demanded that the new president make good on the Democrat's pledge but Polk was already close to being at War with Mexico and couldn't afford a war with Britain over U.S. claims in Canada. What Polk did was renew an offer to divide Oregon along the forty-ninth parallel. In 1846, a war between the United States and Mexico had already broken out. What Polk wanted was to push Mexico into negotiating with the United States, and he was willing to create a threat of war to do this. So Polk justified the Mexican War by saying Mexico attacked American troops and invaded the United States and shed American blood upon American soil. The United States responded to the attack on American soil, which was justified. The war didn't strengthen peace in any of the territories. Although the United States claimed that the war was in self-defense, its motive was manifest destiny; Americans believed that it was their "destiny" to expand across the entire North American continent. Some Americans criticized the war. They charged Polk with wanting to acquire more slave territory and that America was the true aggressor. In which, Polk acted as if the war was his and directed it personally. He planned a short war in which
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