Essay about The American Of The Mexican American War

1851 Words May 22nd, 2016 8 Pages
Wars are what define the success of a country; if you win, then the country is considered strong; if you lose, the country is considered weak. This, however, does not determine how justified the country was in deciding to go to war. The Mexican American War marked the first time the U.S. fought on foreign soil. This war began over a border dispute between America and Mexico. It started with Texas gaining independence from Mexico in 1836. At first the U.S. did not want Texas to join the Union due to the issue of whether it would be admitted as a slave state or a free state, either would upset the balance between the two. While this was going on, Mexico threatened that any attempt at the annexation of Texas would lead to a war. Texas was annexed shortly after the 1844 election of James K. Polk. Shortly after, on April 25, 1846, the war began on foreign soil. The war ended with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo which established the Rio Grande to be the border between the U.S. and Mexico instead of the Nueces River, recognized the U.S. annexation of Texas by the Mexican government along with agreeing that Mexico would sell California and the rest of its territory to the U.S. for about 15 million dollars (“Mexican”).
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