The Mexican-American War: Historical Review Research Paper by Nicky

The Mexican-American War: Historical Review
A historical review of the Mexican-American war and its place in American history.
# 149494 | 2,546 words | 6 sources | APA | 2011 | US

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This paper introduces, discusses, and analyzes the topic of American history. Specifically, the paper discusses the Mexican-American War and how it was a controversial war that promoted American expansionism and took advantage of Mexico.

Origins of the War
Manifest Destiny
The War Itself
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
After the War

From the Paper:

"Even though the Americans had won many key battles, the Mexicans still refused to negotiate, so American commanders believed they had to hit the heart of the country, its capital Mexico City, to get them to capitulate. General Winfield Scott, the Commanding General of the American army, landed troops in the coastal city of Vera Cruz and quickly took over the community. He used it as a base to launch his advance on the capital. Historian Black notes, "Santa Anna had created another army after his defeat at Buena Vista, but it was defeated at the pass of Cerro Gordo on 18 April, with heavy Mexican losses. Santa Anna had hoped to confine the Americans to the lowlands" (Black 124). However, Scott's army defeated Santa Anna's, and his next step was to defend the capital. The armies fought several more battles before they engaged at Mexico City. They took Mexico City in September 1847, just six months after landing in Vera Cruz."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Black, Jeremy. America as a Military Power: From the American Revolution to the Civil War. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2002.
  • Donald, David Herbert. Lincoln. New York; Touchstone, 1995.
  • Foos, Paul. A Short, Offhand, Killing Affair: Soldiers and Social Conflict during the Mexican-American War. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2002.
  • Haynes, Sam W. James K. Polk and the Expansionist Impulse 3rd edition. New York: Pearson Education, 2006.
  • King, Rosemary. "Border Crossings in the Mexican American War." Bilingual Review 25.1 (2000): 63.

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