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A just or unjust war?.  Fulfill Manifest Destiny  Texas Annexation  Border Dispute – Rio Grande vs. Nueces River  American Blood shed on American.

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1 A just or unjust war?

2  Fulfill Manifest Destiny  Texas Annexation  Border Dispute – Rio Grande vs. Nueces River  American Blood shed on American soil

3 Belief that God desired for the United States to be a nation that would stretch from “sea to shining sea.”

4  Mexico encouraged Americans to settle in the Texas region to encourage farm and trade  As 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 state  When the United States annexed Texas, Mexico was outraged

5  Mexico claimed the Nueces River was the boundary between the United States and Mexico  United States claimed the Rio Grande was the border between the United States and Mexico  American troops sent to the border to guard…crossed into disputed territory and Mexican troops fired upon them  President Polk cries “American blood spilled on American soil.”

6 President James K. Polk General Zachary Taylor Ulysses S. Grant Robert E. Lee Santa Anna

7  American soldiers killed in the disputed territory  $30 million offer for California and New Mexico  Battle of Palo Alto

8  Mexico feels as if this was an unjust war – We stole half their land  United States gains California and New Mexico and the border becomes the Rio Grande River  United States becomes a continental nation  New Land = new opportunities = new problems


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