He was a strong believer of Manifest Destiny. He thought it was God’s plan to expand American territory all the way to the Pacific. He not only wanted Texas but also California. Congress voted to annex Texas and Polk sent troops to guard the disputed border. The Mexicans thought that the Nueces River was the border but the U.S thought the border was Rio Grande.
Morelos was executed as Hidalgo. In 1921 the Spanish were forced to leave Mexico and after 11 years fighting, the Mexicans won their freedom. The first Mexican government was another bad man because he was like the one that was in the power before the Independence. He was Agustin Iturbide, but then he was changed because he also had unfair rules. Then a Republic was created so now the Mexicans could choose their governments.
The mixture unfortunately only yielded tragedy. The question-at-hand can be evaluated by examining two significant sources: Bartolomé de las Casas’ A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies to King Phillip II and Miguel León-Portilla’s The Broken Spears: the Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico. Las Casas wrote his account as an appeal to the Spanish king to reassess the situation and cease the conquests, while León-Portilla seeked to
Also the book gives us another perspective about what really happen during the whole Mexican Independence and also how the United States considered itself superior in many ways to Mexico and other Latin American countries. Henderson examines several factors that explain why Mexicans permitted that the United States took its land, apparently he make us think that it was because the United States ambitions to become a powerful nation. I think that this book explains very well the reason why Mexico went to war with the United States and we can conclude that it was because Mexico was suffering very political troubles, also because Mexicans didn’t have the economical resources to success, in other words they were very weak. Finally we can see that even thought there has passed a lot of time since the Mexican and American war happened some struggles still going on in Mexico while the United States ambition still
The territorial expansion of the United States played a great role in the Civil war because it indirectly affected slavery. The United States expanding meant that the North and South would have to agree on whether the new territories would be admitted as free or slave territories. Before new states were added, there was balance among the country. Once new territories were added, the
Hitchcock explains, “He seems to have lost all respect for Mexican rights and is willing to be an instrument of Mr. Polk for pushing our boundary as far west as possible,” (Zinn 150). The feelings for this burst of expansion were varied; some believed it unnecessary to different degrees, while others strongly favored the extra land. In fact, a new attitude was developed during this time, the one of “manifest destiny”. Manifest destiny was a term first coined by John O’Sullivan, editor of the Democratic Review, in 1845. He said it was “Our manifest destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions,” (Zinn 151).
Then the Zimmermann telegram caused America to join the war.The Germans suggested a German-Mexican alliance meaning Mexico will march to the U.S and recover their lost territories such as Arizona,New Mexico and Texas.This telegram was intercepted by the British and,as a result,the Americans.The U.S. was furious and joined the war for world peace and establishment of democracy to end the war.The telegram was probably Germany's worst mistake throughout WW1. The Allies’ leaders like Lloyd George and Wilson were clever people who were courageous and brilliant leaders. The German leaders came up with plans like the Zimmermann Telegram and Schlieffen Plan,which were no match for the first and made horrible mistakes which led Germany to a loss.Also as the attritional warfare continued,the leaders did not come up with anything new which could end the war.Although they made use of great defensive weapons like machine guns and poisonous gases,theycould not build an offensive weapon until the development of tanks. Looking at all these mistakes which Germany made,it is not really that surprising that Germany eventually lost the War.With the nation being constantly wore down on one hand and the Allies maintaining a strong and offensive behavior throughout the war -especially after the U.S.A. joined the war at their side-,this outcome of the war was the most expected
Great Britain, although officially neutral, had an elite opinion favouring the Confederacy and a public opinion favouring the United States. Concerned largely with Free Trade, diplomacy and the evasion of all-out war against America, Great Britain influenced and contributed to the outcome of the Civil War by utilising its powerful position to cleverly invest themselves in industrial aspects of the war, which proved beneficial to its relations with America as a whole. The reasons for the Civil War were copious and complex, but the motivation and direct cause of the secession revolved around the election of President Abraham Lincoln. With his inauguration came his policy to abolish slavery, which he
At the beginning of World War I America attempted to stay neutral and focus on asserting their dominance throughout the western hemisphere, but as the war progressed it became clearer that America wanted and needed to enter the war. While many things had a profound impact on America’s entrance into WWI, American economic interests, Woodrow Wilson’s idealism, and American claim to world power, weighed heavily on the final decision to declare war on Germany. War provides a great opportunity for economic and industrial growth, a chance to change, and claim world power, as long as the country wins the war. American economic benefits of the war were not as prominent a factor as others, but nevertheless it did affect America’s decision to declare war. The economic side effects of entering a war can be beneficial to a country.
These include; marshalling the American economy to meet the tremendous war needs of several million soldiers, raising a citizen's army of volunteers willing to be trained and to die for the Union, adopting war strategies for the Union Army, handling foreign affairs, dealing with the problem of slavery without destroying the democratic freedoms upon which the nation was founded. As Abraham Lincoln, a Republican, contended for the role of president in a nation engulfed by sectional division, the southern states were threatening to seclude themselves from the Union. The dynamic force at work in the crisis was southern perception of the Republican Party, not merely as a political opposition, but as a hostile, revolutionary