Manifest Destiny: America was Blinded by the Desire for Land and Gold.
On March 2, 1836, Texas declared its independence from Mexico. Texas then voted to be annexed, or added to the United States of America. The Southerners and Democrats supported it, hoping to get more slave states to join the Union. Northerners and Whigs went against it. Both sides had to take consideration into Mexico’s threat. They said that annexing Texas would mean that America is willing to go to war with Mexico. President John Tyler approved of the treaty to annex Texas in 1844, but two months later, the Senate destroyed it. When James K. Polk became president, he claimed that it was in American interest to acquire more land. In 1845, Texas became the 28th state to be in the Union. After only a month, Mexico responded by making its preparation for war. America also set the boundary line of Texas at the Rio Grande River, while Mexico set it higher, at the Nueces River. Polk sent an ambassador to negotiate a price for the New Mexico and Californian territory. Mexicans wouldn’t comply and then Polk was itching for a reason to go to war with them. He sent 3,000 men to settle the disputed area, and they ran into a skirmish, losing several Americans. This was the perfect excuse for Polk to declare war, and on May 13, 1846, Congress agreed, declaring the Mexican War. War should always be a last resort, but it is