The Mexican American War Essay

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The United States of America has been through many wars, wars concerning many things such as land oil, pride and respect. However, when the United States went to war with Mexico, it was planned over greed. The Mexican- American war was a war provoked by the United States, in efforts to expand the coasts of the country. Mexico was a small under privileged country who had previously to the war had already lost part of their country (Texas). Needless to say this war was cut throat and violent, it was however one of the smartest business decisions America has ever made. The prelude to the war began in the 1830s when Mexico decided to open up their home to America. Due to the fact that Mexico was under populated, and had too much land they…show more content…
Manifest Destiny is a term for the American expansion that the united States not only could, but was destined to, stretch from coast to coast. Protestants left England and came to America in the 17th century, and to their understanding arriving to America safely was a sign that god had chosen them to spread their knowledge, to be a “city upon a hill”. Which is a phrase from the bible means to be looked upon and to set an example for the world to see. “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden" Matthew 5:14. This religious example inspired protestants that it was not just their job but there religious responsibility to expand and show others the right way. The phrase contributed to manifest destiny was first employed by John L. O’Sullivan in an article on the annexation of Texas published in the July-August 1845 "it is our manifest destiny to overspread the continent allotted by providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions ". According to John L. O’Sullivan going to war with Mexico was god’s plan, while others believe that manifest destiny was an excuse to take land from Mexico. The only reason to attack Mexico was expansion. According to Whitman (1846) "yes: Mexico must be thoroughly chastised! ... Let our arms now be carried with a spirit which shall teach the world that, while we are not forward for a quarrel, America knows how to crush, as well
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