Mexican-American War: Just, Or Unjust
Author: Bob Bertinand
Date: Febuary 18, 2012
The Mexican-American War, without an iota of dought, was unjust.
America was aware that peaceful, diplomatic solutions between them, and
their neighboring country, Mexico, were weakening, but still took the chance
for the idea of Manifest Destiny. Manifest Destiny was the belief that nation
should stretch as far as the Pacific Ocean, and, in order to that, they must
acquire more land. Mexico was steamed at the fact they had lost Texas to
the Union, which further weakened the peaceful negotiations between the
states, and Mexico. This left America with no other choice, but to head into
In their quest to spread more land to the Pacific, they sent a diplomat
to negotiate with Mexico, on allowing the United States to purchase California.
They refused, and then-president James K. Polk sent General Zachary Taylor
to a river, owned by both the states, and Mexico, where Mexican troops were
present. The American troops deceived the Mexican troops into letting off the
first shot, so that it makes it look as if they started it. The Americans soon
garnered favor in the war, if it would help them in the quest of spreading the
nation. What's unjust about this is, they simply refused to give up California to
a country they did not want to relinquish it to, and so, the opposing side, not
getting what they desire, sent them into war.
After six months of fighting, the Treaty of Guadelupe Hidalgo was signed,
and Mexico gave up nearly 500,000 square feet of land, which soon became
the states of California, Utah, and Nevada, as well as some of Arizona. Though
America repaid Mexico with $15 million dollars, the loss of land, and Mexican
troops in irreplaceable.
Manifest Destiny's dominative nature cost both states dearly,...
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