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Kid Notes Chapter 3 - Mexican-American War o After skirmish...

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Mexican-American War o After skirmish between america and mexican troops the war began o Dramatized the expansionist ideals of american settlers o American expansionists behaved more agressively against weaker spaniards and mexicans than they did against the british o Major westward expansion began shortly thereafter and took hold in the u.s. o Technology stimulated expansion with railroads, canals, and steamboats Also stimulated commerce o Manifest Destiny: it was our duty as americans to expand and explore Originally understand as peaceful taking of unoccupied lands but quickly became violent Fueled by racism Indian relocation became an official policy under andrew jackson Moving west meant access to the pacific ocean o Increased whaling, salmon fishing, furs, and trade with china o Also increased competition with russia and brittish o US negotiated with chinese for trade agreement. Treaty of wangxia (1844) Gained trade rights on mfn status Us navy sometimes used its forces to protect chinese trade o Also fought for a portion of oregon so they could have access to a deepwater port. o Hawaii became appealing for trade and industry with its abundant resources Us showed special interest in hawaii. It was not officially american soil but it served to warn other countries away John Quincy Adams, Floridas, and the Transcontinental Treaty o Americans attempted to claim ownership of florida by claiming it was part of louisiana by the louisiana purchase
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