Do the state of Texas stiill maintain the right to break away from the Union and become a seperate country?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
This is a very good question. If you remember that the Republic of Texas successfully seceded from Mexico in 1836. In 1845 Texas joined the United States as a full-fledged state. Mexico refused to recognize Texas independence and warned the U.S. that annexation meant war. The Mexican–American War followed in 1846, also usually known in the United States as The Mexican War and in Mexico as la intervención norteamericana (the North American Intervention) or la guerra del 47 (the War of '47), was a military conflict fought between the United States and Mexico from 1846 to 1848, in the wake of the 1845 U.S. annexation of Texas. Mexico had not recognized the secession of Texas in 1836 and announced its intention to take back what it considered a rebel province.
In the United States, the war was a partisan issue, supported by most Democrats and opposed by most Whigs, with popular belief in the Manifest Destiny of the United States ultimately translating into public support for the war. In Mexico, the war was considered a matter of national pride.
The most important consequence of the war was the Mexican Cession, in which the Mexican territories of California and New Mexico were ceded to the United States. In Mexico, the enormous loss of territory which resulted from the war encouraged the central government to enact policies to colonize its northern territories as a hedge against further losses.
In the decade after the war, Texas consolidated its position as an independent republic by establishing diplomatic ties with the United Kingdom and the United States. Most Texans were in favor of annexation by the United States, but anti-slavery Northerners feared that admitting another slave state would tip the balance of national power to the slave-holding South, and they delayed Texas's annexation for almost a decade. Texas was not admitted to the union until 1845, when it became the 28th state.
I could go on but to finish Mexico lost more than 500,000 square miles (1,300,000 square km) of land, almost half of its territory. The annexed territories contained about 1,000 Mexican families in California and 7,000 in New Mexico. A few moved back to Mexico; the great majority remained and became U.S. citizens.
The Second Amendment:
“ A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed".
To answer your question, basically... this is one of the reasons for the 2nd Amendment. If a state-wide militia were able to fend off the US military, that is one way for it to happen other than that, no they don't and can't have the right to break away from the union.Source(s): Me AnandTech Polk, James. Polk: The Diary of a President, 1845-1849 wikipedia
- MuttLv 71 decade ago
They never had the right to break away and become a seperate country. People think this is the case because they were a seperate country before becoming part of the United States, and part of the annexation states that, with the approval of the state legislature, they could break up into as many as 5 smaller states. But any states has the right to break itself up into smaller states, with the approval of the state legislature and Congress (Article IV, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution).
- ShadowCatLv 61 decade ago
If you remember American History, this is the very reason the Civil War broke out..southern states believed the National government had gotten too far out of hand in telling them that slavery was unethical and not conducive to American values...hopefully we will never see that again, but there are some that believe the nation has sold out to foreign entities and would be wiling to defend the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights, our laws against all enemies both Foreign and Domestic! Each Governor of every state has the power to call upon the National Guard and it's citizens to defend those rights and protections. Those are the checks and balances found in our Democracy and Republic of America. This is found in the Second Amendment and fourth Amendments of th ebill of Rights of American Citizens...
To see the opposite go on line a read the Planks of Communism! That ought to blow your hair back!
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Mary H, if you have ever been to Texas then you must realize that they ALREADY have broken away and formed a separate country. They speak in a different language, they have a different set of dimensions for distance and they have surrounded their cities with protective LOOPS in order to get non Texans confused. They have their own beers Shiner, Lone Star and Pearl, their own cattle Longhorn, the worlds largest ranch King, and other oddities: Alamo, Riverwalk, Austin, Corpus, Padre Island and then they also have the beauty of El Paso, Lubbock, Galveston and Waco. This is a country of two different lifestyles, the rugged cowboy of west Texas and the sophisticated urban East Texas businessman and of course they are home to the current President of the United States, George W. Bush.
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- Ariel 128Lv 51 decade ago
I think all of that foolish was settled with the end of the US Civil War in April, 1865. When the Republic of Texas became the 28th American state in 1845, one of the rights granted to it was the right to divide itself into as many as five more state without Federal permission.Source(s): High school history, government; HCJC; 7th generation Texan starting in the Republic of Mexio
- ?Lv 51 decade ago
Yes, after the civil war, it was the only state to retain the option to succeed again. Texas, even though it fought with the south was not devastated like the southern states, was much bigger, bordered with Mexico, & really did not need "reconstruction". I grew up in Texas, we are different there, & It was different after the civil war. Texas was still functional, was able to add more resources to national coffers & was given more space in rejoining. Then, after the civil war, the US probably needed Texas more than Texas needed them. All Texans of my Fathers generation know this right of succession fact , but he would always say "Just let us try, there would be thousands of soldiers here immediately, we are too important to the economy!"
- lundstroms2004Lv 61 decade ago
texas never had the right. urban legend. texas does however have the right to chop itself into five new states any time it wants to.
- 1 decade ago
Any state can do this. Last time this was attempted, a civil war ensued.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Probably but I am not sure if they lost that privilege after the Civil War.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Yes, it stiill do.