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United States and Mexico historical questions?

If you could give me some good web sites with the answer to the questions I would be thankful.

1. What is the historical background of the two countries?

2. How did a relationship begin between the two countries? Was the first contact friendly or hostile?

The first conflict was sparked when the U.S. annexed Texas and the Mexican government refused to recognize the secession of Texas which was the precursor to the annexation. Settled via the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo which led to Mexico giving up even more of its land to the US, including California.

3. Has one country exerted dominance over the other or has the relationship remained equal in nature.

The United States been getting more land then Mexico.

4. What natural resources have been available in each country? Have resources or land been the basis for the relationship?

Mexico gave up lots of land to the United States.

5. What is the relationship of the two countries today?

The Mexico people are coming to the United States and taking over.

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  • 10 years ago
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    1. United States was recognized as an independent republic in a 1783 when the Treaty of Paris was signed to end the rebellion against Great Britain. It started off with the Thirteen Colonies on the east coast and expanded over the mountains into the mid west and south. The Louisiana Purchase from France led to a major land gain from the border of Canada down into New Orleans. The idea soon came that the United States would one day stretch to the Pacific Ocean. Lewis and Clark were sent out on an expedition by Abraham Lincoln to find a rout to the Pacific Ocean. After four years of traveling they did. The United States was founded on the radical ideology of Natural Rights, Secular Humanism, and a free open market of capitalism.

    Mexico gained it's Independence from Spain in 1821. During this time Mexico was extremely unstable politically and economically. They were fraught with revolutions and dictators, republics, and federations. The main ethnic groups at the time were that of the natives (indian americans), mixed Spaniards and native americans, and the upper class Spaniards.

    2. Mexico was extremely divided in their own government and have been for the most time it's existence. Americans began to immigrate to Texas which was owned by Mexico. Eventually the American whites outnumbered the Mexican populace which put the Mexican government in a pickle. They put restrictions on many American immigrants. Due to this tensions grew and eventualy Texans revolted against Meixco and declared their independence. They won the war, and became their own soveirn country. The United States then annexed Texas (which was not recognized by the Mexican government.) creating extreme tensions between the two countires. Further diplomatic and political problems led the US to provoking the Mexican government into attack by sending troops to an illigetiment border the US government had made. Mexican forces attacked and the Mexican-American War began which resulted in the defeat of Mexico and it's loss of New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, and California to the US.

    3. The United States has become the supreme super power of the world with the most technologicaly advanced military and the highest GDP of over $12 trillion. Mexico has faulted to a great loss of government to crime, and drug trafficing. There economy has crashed and poverty rates have sky rocketed. The US took all of Mexico's northern territories, from this data you can explain the the United States has assumed dominance.

    4. petroleum, silver, copper, gold, lead, zinc, natural gas, timber are the main recourses to Mexico, where as the United States contains iron, gold, lead, oil, timber, petroleum, and water. Mexico is rich with resources and has been the goal of the US to use this to it's advatantage as they are bordering countries.

    5. Today Mexico is split between drug cartelles and the withering socialistic government. It has become a major world center for drug trafficing, and crime problems that affect both the Mexican and American people. Poverty has overtaken the majority of the Mexican populace and the middle class is no where to be found. Due to these extreme situations Mexican citizens are illegaly crossing the Mexican-US border to escape poverty. The CIA came out with a report around a year ago announcing that Mexico is the second biggest threat to the security of the United States. Besides stable trade relations between the US and Mexico have always been and are still to day shaky and odd. Increasing problems with illegal immigration and drug trafficing from centeral and South America is driving the United States to take action.

  • 4 years ago

    1. What is the historical background of the two countries? Both were started as "countries" (obviously enough) by European powers. Mexico from being the seat of an ancient 'Aztec' civilisation that was extant when the Spaniards arrived in their Empire building quest and destroyed the Mexican civilisations. The natives were forced into subjugation. Later the assimilation of the two races, languages and cultures formed the core of Mexican nation by the time the 13 colonies of Britain were being founded on the East (Atlantic) sea board. The thirteen states as 'core' expanded westward; with the French (perpetually at war with English all over the globe for the sake of Imperial rivalry) in occupation of middle N.America. Then USA became independent expanding westward eliminating rather than subjugating the natives. As a turn-about, the French who were in dire financial straits at home after French revolution sold off their continental holdings to the USA (accounting for a third of contiguous USA). Then the westward expansion of USA, brought them in conflict with the Spaniards on the west and south, whom they defeated easily. So, now they are reconciled to where their borders end. 2. How did a relationship begin between the two countries? Was the first contact friendly or hostile? As state above it was one of conflict. 3. Has one country exerted dominance over the other or has the relationship remained equal in nature. USA exerted dominance. 4. What natural resources have been available in each country? Have resources or land been the basis for the relationship? Both countries are endowed with resources commensurate with their areas. Perhaps the policies followed by USA and better use of its resources as well as the political stability as a democratic republic(is it a political Oxymoron !) placed USA much above Mexico that has a sixth of USA's land. 5. What is the relationship of the two countries today? They are at peace with each other. Yet, the differing economic prosperity creates a gradient that propels Mexicans in droves, to USA for job opportunities - cause of (merely) much resentment in the USA.

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