However they are all talking about how the war goes step by step. The U.S- Mexican War declared on 1846 and ended on February 2 1848 by signing a treaty in a small village of Guadelupe Hidalgo. Looking back of the beginning, how did the U.S-Mexican War start and why it started? According to the book, there are couples of reason for United States to declare the war. ” After repeated menaces, Mexico has passed the boundary of the United States, has invaded our territory and shed American blood upon the American soil…” This is a quote from chapter one, also it’s a war message that wrote by President Polk.
Some of those people just do lots of research on those topics, or just simply listen a little extra when people are telling about that topic. But often times, huge fanatics of those events go into such extremes as to become lifelong followers and collectors of those events. Harrigan also wanted to show that history can have a huge impact on peoples lives, whether it directly affects their lives or turns into a lifelong hobby. The Battle of the Alamo is an important topic in american history because it involved gaining Texas as another state. In the battle, the Americans were defending a crumbling mission from the Mexicans.
American settlement in Texas when looked at from afar can be seen as an assault and seizure of Mexico’s northern frontier; however the situation with the aggregation of various cultures was much more convoluted than it appeared. Acting as empresario, Stephen F. Austin had many obligations such as managing the settlement of the region and acting as a liaison between the Mexican government and his settlers. When determining Gregg Cantrell’s portrayal of Stephen F. Austin, one must consider the fact that he: spent around fifteen years of his life as a devoted intermediary between Anglo settlers and Mexicans, occasionally backed the Mexican government during strife with other Anglos, and the life-long friendships that he formed with Tejanos over his career. When the previous conditions are examined, it is clear that Cantrell successfully portrays Stephan F. Austin as a proxy between Mexican and American cultures. During Austin’s fifteen years as empresario, he took his job very seriously.
Manifest Destiny was the belief widely held by Americans in the 19th century that the United States was destined to expand across the continent. Manifest destiny provided the dogma and tone for the largest acquisition of U.S. territory. It was used by Democrats in the 1840s to justify the war with Mexico and it was also used to acquire portions of Oregon from the British Empire. But Manifest Destiny always limped along because of its internal limitations and the issue of slavery, says Merk, and never became a national priority. By 1843 John Quincy Adams, a major supporter, had changed his mind and repudiated Manifest Destiny because it meant the expansion of slavery in Texas.
He thought it was the right time to attack and defeat Santa Anna because the Mexican troops did not expect it. Later when Houston found out where the Mexican troops were, he ordered his men to attack, and the Texans showed little mercy during this battle. Finally when Santa Anna was captured they forced him to sign a treaty recognizing the Republic of Texas after that Santa Anna ordered his army to return to Mexico and that was the end of the Texas Revolution which meant that Texas had finally gained its independence from Mexico. In 1845, the United States annexed the Republic of Texas and Texas became known as the 28th state. Later Texas claimed the eastern part of this new territory which consisted of part of present-day Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Texas, Wyoming, Utah, and Oklahoma.
Also, the supply system was readily available because the previous battles won by the United States that allowed them to gain more territory on the Mexican land. The Mexican forces did not count with experienced forces, the officers and cadets where between the ages of 13 and 19 years old. The Mexican army was lead by Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana who knew that the castle was a great tactical point for the defense of the
Under Generals Taylor and Scott, Davis was a veteran in the Mexican War, where he served as a colonel. He had experience as being Franklin Pierce's Secretary of War years before, but despite his experiences over Lincoln militarily, the military prowess of General Robert E. Lee in the Eastern Theater of War was unable to be matched by any other Confederate generals in the West, where Lincoln's officers had a large advantage. As opposed to Lincoln's flexibility as a leader, Lee was largely hindered by Jefferson Davis who was possibly too "controlling" when it came to fighting the war despite Lee's
Then I will tell you in depth what the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo protects. Finally I will tell you the affects it had on the Mexican people. Manifest Destiny drove the United States Imperialism to expand their empire no matter the cost or who stood in the way. The Annexation of Texas lead to a deeper conflict when the boarder was established at the Rio Nueces. Mexico was a new Fragile Nation State that lacked resources, technology and a stable central government, according to the history book Occupied America.
This expansion, pushed by economic desires and feelings of American cultural superiority, led directly to the emergence of the divisive issue of slavery as the dominant issue in national politics.” Polk’s deliberate expansion on antislavery grounds reopened the issue of slavery in the territories. Northern Whig congressmen voted for military appropriation despite the misgivings they encountered. The door to sectional controversy was opened over the issue of expansion. David Wilmot, Democratic congressmen from Pennsylvania, proposed an amendment to a military appropriations bill in August 1846 during the time of the Mexican-American War. This bill suggested that slavery be banned in all territories acquired from Mexico.
After reading the Texas Declaration of Independence and the rebuttal to it, I feel that Texas has presented the more convincing arguments. Texas provides a variety of supportive arguments on why they want to become independent from Mexico. Texas gives many examples of different ways Mexico is trying to take over their land. Texas refers to themselves as “an instrument in the hands of evil rulers.” (117) Texas and Mexico both sworn to support the federal republican constitution of their country, but it no longer had a important existence, due to the Mexican nation forcibly changing the whole nature of their government without giving Texas any consent. Texas argues that the Mexican General Santa Anna made late changes in the government and overturned the constitution that both states originally had agreed upon.