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1. The rush of settlers beyond the nation’s borders in the 1830s and 1840s inspired politicians and propagandists to call for annexation of those areas occupied by migrants. Some went further and proclaimed it was the “manifest destiny” of the United States to expand until it had absorbed all of North America, including Canada and Mexico. The policies they inspired led to a major conflict diplomatic confrontation with Great Britain and a war with Mexico. 2. It was important to settle the question of Oregon because the United States was on the brink of war with Mexico. Polk was prompted to settle the Oregon question because he now had a war with Mexico on his hands. His reckless and aggressive diplomacy had brought the nation within an eyelash of being involved in two wars at the same time. American policy-makers got what they wanted from the Oregon Treaty, namely into it
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Unformatted text preview: south of Vancouver Island. By agreeing to compromise on the Oregon issue, however, Polk alienated expansionist advocated in the Old Northwest who had supported his call for “all of Oregon”. 3. Texas became the Lone Star Republic by Texas declaring the independence in March 2, 1836. A constitution that was based closely on that of the United States was adopted for the new republic of Texas, and a new government was installed to carry out the military struggle. 4. The annexation of Texas led to the war with Mexico by not having the help from the United States. As soon as the United States annexed them, Mexico attacked them with more soldiers than Texas had. 5. As a result of the Mexican-American War, the United States gained 500,000 square miles of territory. This enlarged the United States by 20%....
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