The Mexican American War

The Mexican American War

The United States and Mexico were both newly established countries. Both were less organized than their mother countries. However, one of these two countries had an almost uncontrollable hunger for land expansion. This hunger led to the two countries fighting over true ownership of land. Though the dispute was mainly over claiming land, many other factors helped evolve this fight into the Mexican American War.
The year was 1821. A large territory in the Americas had just recently won their freedom from a higher ranked country. After a long, exhausting, and tedious battle, Mexico finally became free from Spain. Once free to be their own ruler, some government had to be established to keep order. The young country also
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One of the major complaints they had been converting to Catholicism. Americans were used to freedom of religion and didn’t appreciate being told how to worship. Another frustration for the settlers was the Mexican’s intolerance for slavery. Mexico didn’t approve of owning slaves, while Americans were used to having them. In 1829, slavery was outlawed in Texas, which was ignored by settlers. In response to this, Mexico put immigration laws in place, which were also ignored. The Texan settlers’ lack of cooperation and obedience with Mexico had begun to swirl out of control. Unfortunately for Mexico, their government was unstable and there was an eight-hundred mile journey between Mexico City and Texas. These factors made it very difficult for the Mexican government to do anything about the settlers’ rebellious …show more content…
Some of these fights actually escalated into gun battles. Numerous Mexican officials began believing rumors that consisted of the U.S. government purposely organizing the settlers to attempt to take control over Texas. Though these rumors were never confirmed, the Mexican officials became much stricter on their rule over the settlers. One restriction put in place was that anyone leaving or entering Texas with an unregistered gun was to be immediately executed for piracy. The settlers were viciously angry. Most of the American settlers owned guns to protect themselves from wild animals and Indians. Amongst these guns, most weren’t registered. The settlers believed that it was none of the government’s business to regulate their weapons and many promised to defend themselves if this law was to be

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