The 1846 Mexican-American War Analytical Essay by Parkerr

The 1846 Mexican-American War
A discussion of the author's belief that the main reason for the aggression against Mexico is Manifest Destiny.
# 919 | 1,326 words | 8 sources | 2000 | US
Published on Apr 04, 2001 in History (U.S. Before 1865) , History (General)


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"The United States opened war on the Republic of Mexico on April 25, 1846. The reasons behind our aggression against Mexico are disputed. I believe the main reason to be Manifest Destiny. The continued era of expansionism was in full swing at the time of the Mexican-American War. Although there was the slavocracy that was driving southern expansion leading up to the Civil War, Manifest Destiny was still the core ideal in the instigation of the war. In fact, the phrase Manifest Destiny was first used in an 1845 Democratic Review 1, written by John L. O'Sullivan. This idea can be seen in the land grabbing at the end of the war. The idea can also be seen in the events surrounding the war such as, the expansion of slavery and the westward expansion of slavery. Thirdly, Manifest Destiny was included in the border dispute over the Texas border, which was a major factor in the beginning of the war."

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