Manifest Destiny/war with mexico?
How Manifest Destiny and war with Mexico are connected to each other?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Manifest Destiny, the popular belief during the 1800s that Americans believed that it was their "mission" or "destiny" to control all the land from the Atlantic to Pacific Ocean, lead to the War with Mexico; this was is better known as The U.S.-Mexican War, which lasted from 1846-1848. However, there were many factors at the time which contributed to the belief of Manifest Destiny: economic depressions in 1818 and 1839 led many to seek land in frontier areas; frontier land was inexpensive, sometimes even free; martime merchants saw an opportunity to promote and expand commerce and trade by building ports on the West Coast: this in part would lead to increased trade with countries in the Pacific.
As many Americans migrated to frontier areas and lands on Mexico's territory, many decided that all the land should be American land. Really, the U.S.-Mexican War was a war ignited by Manifest Destiny and to gain more land for the Univted States; the U.S. faced a weaker army, since Mexico was going through many difficulties at the time: they achieved independence in 1821; the monarchy was overthrown in 1824 and internal conflicts between political factions only led to more difficulties. If that wasn't enough, Mexico fought a war against individuals who wanted to have an independent republic from Mexico: this was the war between Texas and Mexico, in which Texas won in 1836 and became an independent state until 1845, in which it was annexed to the U.S. Ulysses S. Grant, a junior officer during the U.S.-Mexican War, General-in-Chief of the Union Army during the U.S. Civil War, and 18th U.S. president wrote: "I do not think there ever was a more wicked war than that waged by the United States in Mexico. I thought so at the time, when I was a youngster, only I had not moral courage enough to resign."
One can only conclude and imagine how different this continent would be if Manifest Destiny was not conceived by America. Surely history would be very different, along with the borders of Mexico and the United States, if Manifest Destiny and the U.S.-Mexican War would have not occured.Source(s): PBS website about the U.S.-Mexican War: http://www.pbs.org/kera/usmexicanwar/index_flash.h... Websites about Ulysses S. Grant: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/grant/ (PBS website) http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/ug18.... (Short Biography) PBS website about the West: http://www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/
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- William NLv 51 decade ago
Manifest Destiny is a theory, popular in the 19 th century, that it was the United States' destiny to control North America. This was used as a rationale for the annexation of large parts of the Southwest and West that had been owned by Mexico.
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- 1 decade ago
The feeling of American manifest destiny dictated unmitigated migration to quasi-Mexican lands in today's Southwest. By the time the Mexican government grew tired of forming loose agreements with settlements, the numbers of Settlers warranted protection by the U.S. Government from Mexican control/aggression (although the Mexican viewpoint is different).
Our economic and hegemonic interests in Texas and California dictated war against an un-relenting Mexico. This idea of American hegemony from coast-to-coast also links into the idea of manifest destiny.