2 Causes Fulfill Manifest Destiny Texas Annexation Border Dispute – Rio Grande vs. Nueces RiverAmerican Blood shed on American soilCauses
3 Manifest destinyBelief that God desired for the United States to be a nation that would stretch from “sea to shining sea.”
4 Texas AnnexationMexico encouraged Americans to settle in the Texas region to encourage farm and tradeAs Americans settled in Texas they developed their own way of life and some brought slaves (which was illegal in Mexico)The Texans became frustrated with Mexico, had a revolution, and then asked the United States to “annex (accept)” them as a stateWhen the United States annexed Texas, Mexico was outraged
5 Border DisputeMexico claimed the Nueces River was the boundary between the United States and MexicoUnited States claimed the Rio Grande was the border between the United States and MexicoAmerican troops sent to the border to guard…crossed into disputed territory and Mexican troops fired upon themPresident Polk cries “American blood spilled on American soil.”
6 People President James K. Polk General Zachary Taylor Ulysses S. Grant Robert E. LeeSanta Anna
7 Key Events American soldiers killed in the disputed territory $30 million offer for California and New MexicoBattle of Palo Alto
8 EffectsMexico feels as if this was an unjust war – We stole half their landUnited States gains California and New Mexico and the border becomes the Rio Grande RiverUnited States becomes a continental nationNew Land = new opportunities = new problems
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