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The Mexican War As An Exercise In American Imperialism

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The Mexican War as an Exercise in American Imperialism

The US government believed firmly in the doctrine of Manifest destiny,
the government argued that they had the right and duty to expand
through North American because it was necessary and inevitable. During
the 19th century Mexico dominated a large amount of North America
which was inhabited by American settlers and the American government
aimed to expand the USA from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean
and were ready to achieve this by any means.

The American government saw the lands of Texas and California as grand
prizes with the opportunity of lush agricultural prospect and the
possibility of a gateway to the Pacific Ocean. The lands though
belonged to the nation of Mexico, which seen by the Americans was a
backward nation and did not deserve to have the lands. President James
Polk intended to use full extent of his power to expand America and he
devoted his time during his reign as President in negotiations with
Mexico over the lands of California. Yet Mexico refused to give away
the land and yet it had such a weak economy and could use the money
that President Polk was offering them to rebuild the economy and
develop the nation. But the Mexican government still did not intend to
sell the land because it would not be popular with the people if the
nation shrink half in size and also because of the rivalry that was
associated with Americans and Mexicans. So President Polk was left
with no choice but to provoke the Mexicans to war, General Zachary
Taylor was sent to a disputed region between Mexico and US with 4000
troops. Polk was anxious to start war but did not intend to initiate
it because then he would be seen as an aggressor thus he waited till
the Mexicans attacked the American troops then Congress had but no
choice but to support Polk to fight Mexico. Polk was granted a $10
million budget and to raise an army of 50'000 troops, he had succeed
in his plan and now wanted to secure California as soon as possible.
He ordered a quick war and successive victories against the Mexicans
at the Port of Matamoros, Buena Vista and Santa Fe in 1846 meant that
by September 1847 within a year that the war started the Mexican
capital fell into American hands. The treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo was
quickly drawn up and Mexico lost Texas and California for a mere $15
million, which was seen as an extraordinary triumph for the Americans.

Historians have argued that the invasion of Mexico was unjustified and
that President Polk had no right to do what he did. It is said that
the Euro Americans took advantage of the young, independent and
unstable government and forced them engage in an unfair and aggressive
war so that the Americans could take 1 million square miles of their
country away from them. It is argued that Polk provoked the...

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