James K. Polk

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  • Imperialism: The Contributions Of James K. Polk

    When James K. Polk ran for president, he called for an expansion of states including Texas, California, and all of Oregon. At the time, Oregon was shared with Britain under The Treaty of 1818. Polk was tired of sharing the Oregon Territory and was willing to fight for it, Which gave him the slogan “54 40 or fight”. Once he won the election, Polk declared war on Great Britain. The Americans outnumbered Britain by the ratio 6-1. In June 1846, Britain surrendered, conflict was avoided and gave the Oregon Territory to the Americans. If James K. Polk didn’t run for president the Oregon Territory would still be shared with Britain because Polk’s strongest proposal was expanding the U.S Territory, he was willing to negotiate with Britain, and he followed through with his proposals unlike most presidents. James K. Polk strongest proposal was expanding the U.S Territory. While running for president, the slogan that lead Polk to winning the election was “54 40 or fight”. 54 40 was the northern boundary line of Oregon, the area that Polk wanted an expansion for. Polk was a unknown candidate who came out of nowhere and won the election. Everyone would had voted for his opponent Henry Clay if Polk didn’t make his expansion proposal. James K. Polk not only seized the Oregon Territory in his term, he managed to seized over ⅓ of the U.S. Polk…

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  • James K. Polk Thesis

    James K. Polk was a rugged, thorough, and successful commander in chief. Although James K. Polk only served one term, he was considered to be one of the more aggressive, and moving forward presidents to ever hold office. Polk came across as either a very great man, or as a man who missed great opportunities. James K. Polk had a rough childhood, but as he got older it began to get better. He was born on November 2nd 1795 in Pineville North Carolina, to father Samuel Polk (1772-1827) and mother…

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  • James K. Polk Goals

    In the 1845 to 1849 James K. Polk was the eleventh president of the United State. As the chief executive, his principle objectives were to restore the United States Treasury Department, secure the domains of Oregon and get the regions of California and New Mexico. James achieved each of these goals. He drove the nation to war with Mexico and picked up a great deal of locale in the midst of his term in office. Despite what various may think, James K. Polk is outstanding across more than a few…

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  • James Polk Administration Over The Oregon Country Analysis

    1. Explain the discussion in the James Polk Administration over the Oregon Country President James K. Polk’s foreign policy encompassed the westward territory and was determined to sweep across the continent and take full domain of the rich environment of California and the Oregon Territory. While running for President, Polk promised to finalize the Oregon Territory dispute between the United States and Great Britain, and quickly after being elected, he promoted the 1844 campaign with a catchy…

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  • American Annexation Dbq

    Celeste Martinez Assignment 4 During his term, U.S. President James K. Polk oversaw the greatest territorial expansion of the United States to date. Polk accomplished this through the annexation of Texas in 1845, the negotiation of the Oregon Treaty with Great Britain in 1846, and the conclusion of the Mexican-American War in 1848, which ended with the signing and ratiication of the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo in 1848. The annexation of Texas to the United States became a topic of political and…

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  • War With Mexico Dbq Analysis

    Russo 1 James Russo Mrs. Fallman 27 March, 2017 Social studies P.6. Was the United states Justified in going to war with Mexico The United States had thought they were justified in going to war with Mexico after everything the U.S. has done to Mexico. The newly elected president James K. Polk was the one who led an army into the lands of Texas and California, stealing it from Mexico. President Polk believed in the Manifest Destiny of the U.S. and thought it was God’s plan for the U.S. to take…

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  • Manifest Destiny Aggressive Imperialism

    After Texas became their own state, there was a dispute over what territory belonged to them, and what territory belonged to Mexico. Texans claimed their western and southern border was Rio Grande, while Mexicans claimed their border was to the north of Rio Grande in Nueces. Polk sent troops under the command of General Zachary Taylor, in case Mexico planned to make an invasion in Texas. New Mexico happened to be part of the territory that was disputed over. The region was dominated by Spanish…

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  • The Alamo Short Summary

    Lynette Ramirez HIS 105 October 20, 2015 The story of the Alamo begins with the Mission San Antonio de Valero that was built in 1724 to help Christianize Indians and convert them to the Spanish way of life when Mexico was still a colony of Spain. In 1803, the mission became known as The Alamo, in honor of the Spanish military troops' hometown in Mexico, Alamo de Parras. Texan soil and weather promised lush agriculture for Americans that lead them to migrate to Texas and cross the border…

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  • 19th Century American Expansionism Analysis

    had a claim to the entirety of the Oregon Territory. Indeed, Polk would recommend to Congress to give the British a one-year notice declaring the U.S. intention to end the joint occupation of the region. Despite his statements, Polk was not interested in going to war over the territory. While he did sincerely believe that America had a stronger claim to the region than the British, he understood that the U.S. would be at a major disadvantage in a war with the British. The British had no…

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  • Was The Mexican American War Justified Essay

    This is where the issue started. In general, I think the Americans responding with violence was unneeded. John C. Fremont traveled into Santa Cruz and got caught in a lie about what he was doing there, so when he was caught he set up a fort with an American flag. His actions were both unneeded and counterproductive, only aggravating the situation. The situation escalated when President James K. Polk told his forces to travel south to the Rio Grande, which is the territory in dispute. The…

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