Mexican American War Manifest Destiny

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During the late 1840s the Mexican- American War took place. The war started with the U.S annexation of Republic of Texas and was the result of a dispute over where the Mexican- American border should be. President James K. Polk, who believed the United States had “manifest destiny” to spread across the continent to the Pacific Ocean, ordered U.S. troops into an area between the Nueces River and the Rio Grande, a region that was claimed by both Mexico and Texas, openly antagonizing Mexico. The purpose of this paper is to provide a general overview and analysis of how the Mexican- American War contributed to Manifest Destiny. The region of Texas, which was originally a part of Mexico, declared independence as a nation in the year 1836. Mexico was primarily a territory of Spain, and the American settlers sought permission from Spain to develop land within the region of Texas. When Mexico became independent from Spain, the arrangements were conducted with the government of Mexico; however, this quickly caused a serious conflict, as the Americans in the region of Texas began to outnumber the native Mexicans in the region. When the number of Mexican immigrants increased, the situation escalated into military conflicts causing the famous Battle of Alamo, which the U.S claimed victory. Two major figures involved in this conflict included Stephen F. Austin, a young immigrant from Missouri, and Sam Houston, after whom major cities within present-day Texas are named
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