Northerners don’t want to annex Texas because it will throw off the balance of Free states and slave states. In Document B. Channing argued against annexing Texas because if Texas was annexed to the States, it will strengthen the power of slave states. Meanwhile, in Document C. McDuffie want to annex Texas because it will lead to an increase of slave population. War against Mexico was also a source of division. President Polk want to go to war with Mexico, while the Wig protested against going to war with Mexico.
Although President Polk’s message was ratified by the Senate and House, the United States reason for war wasn’t good enough for them go to war with Mexico. The U.S. was not justified for three reasons: There was a territorial dispute, the U.S. provoked the war, and it was used to expand slavery. My first reason why the U.S. was not justified is that there was a territorial dispute between America and Mexico on where the border was. According to Document Hook, General Zachary Taylor and his troops purposely moved across the known border into the disputed border, as if they were trying to get a reason to start a war with Mexico. According to Documents C and Background, Polk ordered the troops to enter the disputed area, and after they were attacked by the Mexicans, he used them to get America fired up and give them a reason to go to war.
Why did the US go to war with Spain in 1898? The US declared war on Spain for many reasons, many of which appeared to be selfless and helpful however the underlying reason was much more selfish and a way of getting revenge for an act that was blamed on Spain. Yet later found evidence proves that this in fact had nothing to do with Spain, and in fact was a probably a technical fault. Cuba had been a Spanish colony since Columbus’ discovery of the island in 1492, and had been in rebellion for its independence since 1895. The US therefore appeared to help Cuba by declaring war on Spain in order to achieve Cuba’s independence.
Mexican-American War is a big event in the 19th century, in which the concept of Manifest Destiny was related with war. The Mexican-American War was not only for increased territory, but also a symbol of America's racial misunderstanding. Some White people have the superiority with themselves.  They took Mexican people’s land as Manifest Destiny, above all moral and law. Many Americans believe that God give them the power and duty to expand territory, strengthen the United States.
Houston’s goal was to conduct a campaign of his choosing and not that of the Mexican army. His retreat from the open plains to the wooded areas of East Texas made this possible. The two armies later met in a decisive battle, the battle of San Jacinto. Yet some historians believe it was Santa Anna’s impetuous disregard for life and the Texas colonists that led him to make tactical errors, which led to the loss of the battle of San Jacinto. This paper will attempt to present this counterpoint argument throughout the composition.
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.
The U.S. government must take a firm position on this matter to prove to society that they will not tolerate the crude and unruly tactics of Chávez’s government in Venezuela (“South America: Venezuela”). Since 1522, Venezuela, a country located on the northern coast of South America, was heavily occupied and influenced by Spain. During this time of colonization there had been significant occurrences of wars and internal controversies, which have marred the countries history with many conflicts and accounts of opposition. During the 19th century the progression of civil war took a turn and became focused on political hostilities and debate for the presidency. Before that period of World War I, Venezuela unearthed oil within the country’s boundaries; this discovery led the agriculture-based economy of Venezuela to turn into an oil-based economy practically instantaneously (“Venezuela”).
Ever active in politics, Lincoln served one term in Congress during the presidency of James K. Polk. He criticized the Mexican War and endorsed a resolution demanding that slavery be excluded from any territory gained as a result of the conflict. Despite his support of measures to supply troops, Lincoln's anti-war position stirred considerable opposition at home. During his campaign in 1858, Lincoln engaged in a series of debates with the Democratic candidate Stephen A. Douglas. He did not win election to the Senate but the Lincoln-Douglas debates spread his fame and publicized
A People’s History of the United States: Reflection Chapter 8 We Take Nothing by Conquest, Thank God This chapter gives a summary of the events that centered around America’s newfound greed for land. It details James J. Polk’s leadership as president of a nation that was quickly expanding, yet expanding at a cost. President Polk wants to annex Texas and, in general, gain more land, but he does so without concern for the native people already living there. Zinn gives a quote from the diary of Colonel Ethan Allen Hitchcock, who opposed measures taken by General Taylor (under Polk) to annex Texas. 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 mistake that Madison made was going to war with Great Britain. They were worried because they believed that Americas “peace, prosperity and happiness… are in Great jeopardy… the general government have determined to make war on Great Britain” (I). There are many reasons that he should have not gone to war with Britain such as there is not enough troops to fight a good battle, this will only hurt our economy and bring us more into debt, and since we are always fighting Britain about something was this a real reason for a war? The first reason Madison should not have gone to war with Great Britain is this. There are not enough troops in America to successfully produce a war.