The, The Beautiful Mexican Maid

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During the mid-1800s, many Anglo-Saxon Americans, including author Ned Buntline, were against U.S. expansionism and the concept of “Manifest Destiny.” Subsequently, they were also against the U.S. invasion of Mexico in 1846. Due to their nativism, they were worried about the incorporation of the natives in the conquered territories into America. Buntline used his novel Magdalena, The Beautiful Mexican Maid: A Story of Buena Vista, to express his fears and to convince his readers that incorporating native Mexicans into the union might seem like a good idea at first, but would ultimately be an unwise decision for the country. Manifest destiny was the widely held belief that America was destined to expand the entire continent. Once the country touched the Atlantic and the Pacific, Americans started looking overseas for territory to expand to. This expansion took the form of American intervention in other countries in order to bring democracy, but in reality this expansion was for America’s own gain. In 1898, Spain declared war on America due to America’s intervention in Cuba’s war for independence. The war was not only fought in the Caribbean, but also in the Pacific, which led America to be involved in the Philippine Revolution and in turn the Philippine-American War. After America won the war, it gained several new island territories around the world, which led people to believe that the war was fought due to America’s interest in the territories and not due to the fact that
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