Proportionality Since the military casualties were unproportional, the Mexican-American War was unjust. In the United States, the war was primarily defended by southerners; however, some northerners supported the use of force. So the arguments Mexico used to protest Texas' right to revolt were a bit hollow.
Employ effective organizational strategies and structures, such as logical order and transitions, which develop a controlling idea organization. Historical literacy requires a focus on time and space, and an understanding of the historical context, as well as an awareness of point of view.
But luckily for Polk word of the blood shed he had been waiting for arrived that evening. Although most European nations expected Mexico to win since they were fighting on home ground, neither nation possessed a well prepared national Army. Texas had recently fought its own war of independence from Mexico and secured its freedom under the treaty of San Jacinto which set the Mexican-Texas border at the Neuces River.
On the other hand, Mexico's primary intention was to prevent the United States from acquiring Texas. Historical causation involves motives, reasons, and consequences that result in events and actions.
After independence from Spain inMexico contended with internal struggles that sometimes verged on civil war and the northern frontier was not a high priority. However, both sides suffered casualties from the poor sanitary conditions of the war; most soldiers died from disease and poor medical treatment.
This alone makes even the annexation of Texas not completely just. The second reason the Mexican war was not justified in going to war because the robbery of land. Right Intention According to this principle, the United States and Mexico did not necessarily engage in battle for the right intentions.
However, the invasions of New Mexico and California were completely unjust since the United States only motive was to acquire more territory at the expense of Mexico. There were many citizens who felt that a democracy like the United States could succeed only if it were relatively small and close to the people.
In a sense, this was a Jeffersonian ideal. The Comanche were particularly successful in expanding their territory in the Comanche—Mexico Wars and garnering resources.
Employ a thoroughly elaborated argument that includes a clear position consistently supported with precise and relevant evidence where rhetorical persuasive strategies are evident content. Polk then sent Gen. The expansion often created controversy and conflict, such as in the case of the Mexican-American War.
It rationalized the Louisiana Purchase and United States' support for Texas independence and annexation. If you asked a person to define Manifest Destiny, he might tell you it is an ideal, or he might say, "Well, we want the land and this is the easiest way to justify our taking it.
Mexico threatened war with the United States if it annexed the Republic of Texas. Yet this provoked attack was unjust and should have been seen as such by the US congress.
After independence, the Mexican government implemented the policy, granting Moses Austina banker from Missouri, a large tract of land in Texas. He also was seeking a form of revenge for the deaths at the Alamo and the refusal of his proposal to buy California from the Mexicans.
It is clear that the United States had an advantage in the war and lost fewer soldiers. There was little resistance to US forces from the civilian population.
This was a move to get the Mexicans to attack US troops on land that was claimed by both countries. His cry for war was quickly echoed in congress and soon the declaration of war was passed. Well, the events of the s and '40s would suggest that their fears were justified. While President Polk blamed the Mexicans for causing the war because the Mexican governments left the United States with no other choice for defending its national security and interest; the Mexicans did not see this way.
Designs on California[ edit ] Mexico in Instead of settlement occurring in the central and west of the province, people settled in East Texaswhere there was rich farmland and which was contiguous to southern US slave states.
Expansion was always a very divisive issue that provoked as much opposition as support in some parts of the country. Also the US provoked this boarder dispute into the two-year war that it became by purposely inciting the Mexicans into a fight.
Also Polk was looking for revenge for the denial of the proposal for buying California as was evident in his original reasons for declaring war on Mexico. Inthe Texan Republic agreed to an offer of annexation by the U.
The difference in referral is based on the different perceptions of the conflict. The Mexican government had always wanted to maintain in a negotiable manner with the United States.The Mexican-American War General Winfield Scott's entrance into Mexico City, September 14,is depicted in this print by Carl Nebel When war broke out against Mexico in Maythe United States Army numbered a mere 8, but soon 60, volunteers joined their ranks.
The Mexican-American War was waged between the United States and Mexico from to Learn more about the causes of the Mexican-American War and its outcome. The Mexican-American war was by no means justified. It was a fight between a strong and mighty country and a relatively weaker one.
By the time the war ended. Students will analyze the causes of the Mexican-American War and then argue whether or not it was justified.
Objectives In this extended writing task, students will read, analyze, and gather relevant information from text(s) and write an argumentative essay.
Mexican-American War. 1. Last Resort The United States-Mexico War partially abides by this principle. Although the United States and Mexico wished to resolve the territorial dispute peacefully, the two nations resorted to the use of force.
According to this principle, the Mexican-American war was justified.
Transcript of Was the United States justified to going to war with Mexico? So in conclusion, the Mexican-American war was started by three reasons.
The Americans wanted to expand their land, Polk used propaganda to bring the war, and there was an aurgument over slavery.Download