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Manifest Destiny and the Mexican War

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Tucker Calcano

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Transcript of Manifest Destiny and the Mexican War

Manifest Destiny was the people's belief that it was God's will for America to expand throughout the West until the US was coast to coast. Manifest Destiny and
the Mexican War James K. Polk Mexican-American War Mexican Cession As part of the treaty, Mexico sold California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona to the US for $15 million, thus fulfilling our Manifest Destiny. Gadsden Purchase Lasting Effects America gained 5 states, and Manifest Destiny was finally completed. However, soon the issue of slavery reappeared, and tensions rose again. By Tucker Calcano, Will Nash, and Andrew Rogozinski President James Polk was a supporter of Manifest Destiny. He started the Mexican-American War by sending a diplomat to Mexico to buy land. James Gadsden wanted a southern transcontinental railroad, but Mexican land was in the way. He purchased Southwestern land for $10 million. Mexican-American War II When Mexico shut out the diplomat, Polk moved US troops to the disputed zone, saying that the "insult" was a fair cause for war. Beginning of the War Guadalupe Hidalgo In 1846, the Mexican cavalry attacked and laid siege to Fort Texas and thus started the Mexican-American War. After 2 years of fighting, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ended the war. Mexico agreed Texas was a US state. John O' Sullivan John O' Sullivan was a newspaper columnist who spread Manifest Destiny, hoping to get the US to purchase Texas and the Oregon country. The siege of Fort Texas What was Manifest Destiny? Manifest Destiny was the people's belief that God's will was for the US to expand throughout the West. The goal was to span the continent. In 1836, Texas declared independence from Mexico and 8 years later entered the Union. After, Polk sent a diplomat to buy California. Sources http://www.shmoop.com/manifest-destiny-mexican-american-war/

http://www.pbs.org/kera/usmexicanwar/index_flash.html

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http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/jamespolk
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