Mexican American war

Topics: United States, Texas, Mexico, Rio Grande / Pages: 8 (1820 words) / Published: Dec 8th, 2013
The Mexican American War

Ramon Sanchez
History MO4 T/Th 11:30-12:45
October 8, 2013

The Mexican American War (1846-1848) defined how both the United States and Mexico look on a map today. This war, even though not really talked about nor is a popular war, made it possible for a lot of us living in the southwest of the United States today to be part of this country instead of being part of what would have been Mexico. The Mexican American War has so many important events but I will only talk about three key subjects of this war. First I will address the Republic of Texas and how it was involved in the Mexican American War. Secondly, I will talk about the origins of the war to describe how it came about and the causes of it. Lastly, is the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, which was how the dispute was settled at the end of the war. President of the United States from 1845-1849, James K. Polk once said “Our nation is a confederation of independent states, whose policy is peace with each other and all the world. To enlarge its limits is to extend the dominions of peace over additional territories and increasing millions” [Wheelan:4:2007]. Polk was very interested in the annexation of Texas which was a huge reason why he was elected president in the first place. The United States and its citizens wanted Texas to be part of the nation ever since the Texas Revolution after Texas when Texas separated itself from Mexico making thus becoming the Republic of Texas on April 21, 1836. Now that Texas was on its own it meant new opportunities, meaning more chances and hope. This led to a massive immigration movement to the Republic of Texas, pushing its population from 50,000 in 1836 to 125,000 by 1845. The United States was very interested in making Texas part of their country. Mexico was still very interested in getting Texas back and they were determined but Texas wanted nothing to do with Mexico. Despite the clear and direct

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