Lesson 5 - Unit 4 Lesson 5 The Mexican War Lesson...

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Unit 4 Lesson 5 - The Mexican War   Lesson Objective: In this lesson, the student will trace the growth of the American nation during the period of  western expansion:  o Texas  o Mexican-American War  o Gadsden Purchase  Texas Revolution In the first half of the 1800s, the pressures of a growing population and the lure of new land, mineral wealth, and  the fur trade were propelling the frontier westward at an amazing rate.  Within a quarter of a century, Americans  would settle the area between the Mississippi River and the Great Plains and surge beyond into the Southwest,  California, and the Pacific Northwest. In the early 1800s, American settlers began moving into Texas.  The territory was officially a part of Spain until  Mexico won its independence in 1821. The Mexican constitution of 1824 created a Mexican Republic that included  all of the present-day U.S. states of Arizona, New Mexico, California, Texas, and Utah. In the early 1820s, Texas was not very populated.  Settlers had been driven out by Indian attacks and the Mexican  War for independence.  Mexico was worried that the lack of population left the area vulnerable to attack.  To help  populate the area, the Mexican government gave people called  empresarios  large amounts of land to recruit  settlers. The new settlers only had to become Mexican citizens, obey Mexican laws, and remain loyal to the 
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This note was uploaded on 11/24/2010 for the course HISTORY eb34 taught by Professor Bonewell during the Winter '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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Lesson 5 - Unit 4 Lesson 5 The Mexican War Lesson...

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