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Texas Annexation

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Noah Steiz

on 8 December 2014

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Texas Annexation
What was the Result of American Ambition?
The result of American Ambition was a greater emphasis of personal freedoms and liberties in the ideals of many nations worldwide.
By principle all annexations have something in common. One entity assimilates another into itself. With the Texas annexation where the United States annexed the Texan Republic, this was beneficial for both parties. The US obtained more land and the Texan Republic became part of a fairly stable economy and joined the people they likened themselves to. Because of this the annexation was willing on both sides. However with another annexation, the Russian annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, this was not the case. The Russian Government, who forcibly claimed the peninsula, benefited from the ordeal because they obtained more land and citizerns, but the Ukrainian Government who originally owned the land suffered from the loss of the Crimean Peninsula. The annexation of the Crimean Peninsula contrasts with the Texas annexation in this way, one was voluntary and mutually beneficial while the other was not. Both cases serve as examples, the Texas annexation exemplifies how annexation should be done, as proved by how the US still owns Texas and benefits from it; the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula exemplifies how annexation should not be done, proven by how the United Nations General Assembly rejected the annexation.
Noah Steiz
The Texas Annexation became an important topic after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. September 1836, Texas voted in favor of the annexation while the British were opposed to it. After researching the topic. There were quite a few different opinions and interpretations in my group of the Annexation. Some said if they had the opportunity to, they would have voted for the annexation as they stated there wasn't a problem with the U.S having more territory.
After declaring independence from Mexico on March 2nd of 1836, the majority of Texas wanted to become part of the United States partially because of their Constitution and similar interest in freedom. A statement by Sam Houston, one of the leaders of the rebellion and President of the Republic, invited the United States to annex Texas. Despite Texas being rich in resources and fertile land, United States representatives were divided especially among the North. Joshua Giddings, a representative from Ohio, and John Quincy Adams argued that they would gain access to the resources Texas had to offer at the cost of Southern states controlling the future as Texas was South of Missouri Compromise Line. Even Henry Clay, the author of the Missouri Compromise and representative of Kentucky which was a slave state, came forward in opposition of annexation in a letter to the
National Intelligencer
and reasoned that this would result in a war between Mexico and the U.S.. Nevertheless, this manifest destiny spread and gained supporters like Martin Van Buren and James K. Polk, both Presidents. Without American Ambition, the Republic of Texas may have claimed more land and preventing further expansion and/or become part of a European country according to rumors. Texas entered the Union and became the 28th state on December 29th, 1845.
Nathan Reznik - The Alamo
This is an image of the Alamo in Texas. It was originally a Spanish missionary. However, during the Texas Revolution, it was used as an American fort after the United States captured it in the Battle of Bexar.
This image is of the Texas population in
1836, after Mexico put a heavy tax on U.S.
goods to make it more appealing for people
to settle in Texas. It shows the percentage of different ethic groups who went to Texas, mostly made up of Anglos.

Anna Holt - Pie Chart of Texas Population
This is a picture describing that by
1835, more then 1,000 Anglos came
into Texas because of the huge tax
put on American goods as well as the
lack of troops Mexico had to police its
borders. The people put on their doors
"G.T.T." which stands for "Gone to Texas".
One person is shaking a fist, saying "Sooner
or later, Mexico will drop its tax on American goods!
Then see who was right to stay behind!".

Anna Holt - "G.T.T." Signed Doors

Throughout the Texas Revolution, thre were a total of twelve battles. These are six of the most important ones. Throughout the revolutyion, Texas won seven battles and Mexico won five.

Nathan Reznik - Battle Map
By Noah Steiz, Nathan Reznik, Anna Holt and John Harris
In Conclusion
The Texas Annexation is a case study that shows the result of American ambition. In a general sense American ambition instilled a basic moral guideline for many countries around the world. For example the Texas Annexation served to show how annexations should be ethically done. This is proven by recent events. Because of the greater emphasis on American ideals, most notably personal freedoms and liberty, the world was changed for the better by American ambition.
Sources for the connection
"Crimea Annexation." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc., n.d. Web. 8 Dec. 2014.
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