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Katie Ellis 4/01/14 P5 Bad Judgments Lead to Bad Consequences It began with a shot, a ball of lead, between the flesh and bone of an anonymous victim; the first of 25,000 to die. Those deaths were caused by a conflict between the two countries of Mexico and America who shared the same North American continent and both had the same vision of empowerment. From the years 1846 to 1848 both the United States and Mexico had their ideas of expanding territorial boundaries in order to dominate in wealth and resources, but each didn’t know how much it would cost them. At the beginning of 1836, Texas, a piece of land along the Rio Grande, had gained independence from its previous master, Mexico. Shortly afterwards, in 1845, the residents decided to become part of the United States, making Texas the 28th state to join. This act infuriated Mexico, who had thought Texas, as well as all the land up to the Nueces River, was rightfully theirs, independent or not. But the Americans argued that they legally had adopted Texas into their rank of states and should protect it from the Mexicans invading or killing any citizens. Many deaths occurred during this short outbreak of war and just as many trials were harsh, and morals broken. To not justify this war would be to say that the land gained by America in the end was not important and did not affect how the United States acts as today. But justifying this war leads to the thought that thousands of acres of land were opened up to the American people who sought a new beging and that the war actually helped instead of hurt. The Mexican American War was justified due to the idea of the Manifest Destiny, Mexico ignoring America’s actions towards Texas, and the pieces of land conquered by the United States which shaped the America people know today.
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