Political Outcomes of the Mexican-American War

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Political Outcomes of the Mexican – American War Post the Mexican – American War in 1846, there would be a plethora of political change that would be inevitable for the Mexicans, and the Americans. These changes would bring about a divide between the two countries that would keep them in a rivalry spanning over numerous decades. However, before this rivalry could occur, something would be needed to induce it. The Mexicans and the Americans would fight against each other for over a year until a victor would succeed. Ultimately, all the fighting would have an outcome of epic proportions due to the political losses and gains each country would encounter. Though the end of the war brought Mexico further independence, it also contributed to…show more content…
This concept would be known to be Popular Sovereignty. The Kansas – Nebraska Act would perform in somewhat contradictory ways to the Missouri Compromise of 1820, but simultaneously taking its concepts into consideration. But, this act would come at a heavy price of violence between Kansas settlers about pro-slavery and anti-slavery views. However, the act would also instill debates upon whether or not Texas would be a free or slave state. Being annexed would stir up controversy on the topic. Either way decided, free or slave, it would make the U.S. have an unbalance of free and slave states. In regards to the Mexican politics, obviously a plethora of imperative people, and situations would change due to the war. A quite apparent political outcome is the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. This treaty was essentially the United States paying $15 million to the Mexican nation in turn for the land they acquired and settled disputes over Texas (Mexicans After the U.S. – Mexican War, 2009). On February 2, 1848, the American and Mexican representatives would agree and sign the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. This agreement furthered the U.S’s purpose for manifest destiny, making the country stretch from the Atlantic, to the Pacific Ocean. This treaty would increase the American’s land by about 1/3 of its original size. Acquiring the Mexican provinces of California and Nuevo Mexico would include the future states of Nevada, Utah, California, and also
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