US-MEXICAN WAR Essay

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The U.S.-Mexican War was a violent and shattering event for Mexican citizens that lasted from 1846-1848 in what is now the state of Texas. It drastically altered the course of Mexican and American history for years to come. It occurred because of the unsettled disputes about the borders of newly annexed Texas. Once the debilitating battle ended, the United States emerged a world power having acquired more than 500,000 square miles of valuable territory. There are many potentially feasible explanations on the cause of the war; including, fault laying with American slaveholders for conquest of Mexico, the war as an American plot and responsibility lying with President Polk of the United States. However, this paper focuses on the three …show more content…
The U.S. “soon saw themselves masters of Louisiana, [ready to] spread their snares at once for the rest of the Floridas, and the province of Texas.” Mexico did not know how to handle this migration from the U.S. as its citizens were still in the midst of the Mexican Revolution. It was the “insatiable ambition of the United States, favored by [Mexican] weakness” that was the principle cause of the U.S.-Mexican War. However, soon after the Mexican Republic was formed, it was realized that the U.S. expansion into Mexico could become a real danger. Mexico had just attained its freedom from Spain in the 1820s and as such, did not want to fall into another malevolent trap with the U.S., leaving its citizens unsure on how to proceed without starting a war. This is in part because not all migration was unsolicited before the annexation of Texas. After Mexico declared its independence from Spain it needed more settlers to populate the areas of Mexico without many citizens living in its regions. Thus, in order to ease tensions between the countries a proposal was created that involved U.S. citizens living in Texas to become citizens of Mexico and pledge allegiance to the Mexican nation. They would become Catholics and obey the laws of their new nation. However, what was decided on paper and what the settlers actually did were inconsistent with each other. The settlers were unhappy with the rules of their new government,

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