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Chapter 12 Essay

  • Submitted by: zanyhaze101
  • on February 4, 2014
  • Category: History
  • Length: 4,473 words

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kLOOKING WESTWARD
⁃ million miles of territory
⁃ whole continental US
⁃ ambitious settlers drove manifest destiny
Manifest Destiny
⁃ byproduct of nationalism
⁃ America destined by God to expand over large territory
⁃ altruistic; trying to spread American liberty
⁃ 1840s- spread throughout nation
⁃ disagreements as to how far and by what means
Racial Justification
⁃ superiority of the American race
⁃ white people of northern european origins
⁃ Indians, Mexicans and westerns were racially unfit
Opposition to Further Expansion
⁃ some had limited goals, others envisioned a vast empire of liberty including Canada, Mexico and the Carribean
⁃ some believed force should be used
⁃ there was opposition
⁃ Henry Clay
⁃ feared it would reopen slavery controversies
Americans in Texas
⁃ US claimed texas as part of Louisiana purchase, but renounced it in 1819
⁃ tried to buy it twice, Mexicans refused
⁃ 1820- Mexicans encouraged American immigration into Texas
⁃ hoped it would strengthen economy by giving them more taxes
⁃ liked Americans as a buffer between Mexico and Indian tribes
⁃ thought Americans would become loyal to the Mexican government
⁃ 1824- colonization law passed
⁃ cheap land and four year exemption from taxes
⁃ thousands flowed in
⁃ suitable for cotton growing
⁃ more than twice as many Americans as Texans living there
Stephen Austin
⁃ Americans bought land from Mexico and sold them to other Americans
⁃ Stephen Austin was the most successful
⁃ recruited American immigrants
⁃ centers of power
⁃ competed with government
⁃ 1826- revolt to make Texas an independent nation
⁃ Mexicans crushed result and started passing laws to stop immigration
⁃ americans kept flowing in
⁃ dropped ban in 1i833
Tensions Between United States and Mexico
⁃ ties of immigrants to the United States
⁃ desire for stronger bonds with previous home
⁃ desire to legalize slavery, which was illegal in Texas
⁃ Austin...

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