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Websters dictionary defines war as an open armed conflict between countries or between factions within the same country It is a conflict often resulting in the death of many innocent civilians the destruction of private property and sometimes the unjust treatment of prisoners Many would agree that war ought to be a last resort to settling a conflict as was the case for James K Polk in the Mexican-American war Some have argued that the American support for Texas independence initially caused by the imperialistic and authoritarian rule of Mexico was somewhat of a precursor to their eventual conquest of Mexico The annexation of Texas was a perfectly fair transaction For nine years since the victory of San Jacinto in 1836 Texas had been an independent republic In fact at the very moment of annexation the Mexican government at the suggestion of England had agreed to recognize the independence of Texas on condition that the republic should not join itself to the United States Therefore we were not taking Mexican territory in the annexation of Texas The Mexican government wanted to restrict US land gains The new state had come into the Union claiming the Rio Grande as her southern and western boundary By the terms of annexation Texas referred all boundary disputes with Mexico to the government of the United States President Polk sent John Slidell of Louisiana to Mexico in the 1845 to adjust any differences over the boundaries and claims Despite Slidells constant efforts to get a hearing two successive presidents of revolution-torn Mexico refused to recognize him and he was dismissed from the country in 1846 as Mexico would sever all diplomatic relations with the United States Polk then sent a force led by Zachary Taylor to Corpus Christi on the Nueces River to protect the Rio Grande boundary It was widely believed that the presence of forces on the borders of Mexico would be a deterrent and not a prelude
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