The Mexican American War : A War Between Mexico And The United States

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Monica Vela
Kerry Jones
Composition II
November 24, 2014
The Mexican-American War was a war between Mexico and the United States that initiated in 1846 and finished in 1848 in the wake of the U.S capture of Texas, which Mexico considered part of its land. After independence from Spain in 1821, Mexico inherited the provinces of California, New Mexico and Texas. Enervated and virtually bankrupt after the war, the new Mexican government could not control its northern territories that were thousands of miles away from the capital. Seeking to control the border region of Texas, the Mexican government authorized a few hundred Americans to settle in the area. As a result, thousands of Americans began to immigrate into this land. “The
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First, it is important to underline that during that period of time, the United States was facing high population growth rate. “The population in the United States was not only increasing from Americans being born in the U.S, but it was also increasing from foreigners immigrating into the country” (Pg. ). Therefore, there was a necessity to expand into other territories to finally solve this massively and immense population growth problem. It is also important to mention that during this time, the United States was suffering from two economic depressions. These two economic depressions occurred in 1818 and 1839. Therefore, it was a good idea for Americans to start “living in frontier areas since frontier land was inexpensive or free” (Pg.). Thus, expansion into frontier areas provided great opportunities for commerce as well as economic growth. However, students in America learn only one side of the story. It is also important to know the Mexican point of view to completely understand the war between these two countries during that time. To understand the point of view Mexico has over the war, it is significant to first understand the problem Mexico had over the annexation of Texas to the United States. The annexation of Texas to the U.S was unacceptable for both security and legal reasons from the Mexican point of view. Mexico verbally expressed that the annexation of Texas to the United States was a rupture of the 1828 border treaty,
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