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2Their were several events which led to the start of the Mexican-American War an there were also many things that happened as a result of the War American belief of Manifest Destiny was a major factor in the cause of the war Land hungry Americans were ready to do whatever it took to acquire more land to make themselves rich This belief in Manifest Destiny caused Mexico and America to go to war but America benefited from the war politically but suffered military losses as countries do in all warsAfter the annexation of Texas Mexican American relations had gone sour Mexico was unhappy with the United States because their claim to Texas extended to the Rio Grande River instead of the Nueces River and American ambition to acquire more Mexican land Mexico was so angry with the United States they refused to meet with the American negotiator John Slidell who was sent by James K Polk to reach an agreement Slidell was going to offer Mexico 30 million dollars for the purchase of New Mexico and Texas and assume all Mexican debts to Americans in exchange for the Rio Grande Border Instead in 1846 Mexican and American troops headed towards the disputed area and a minor battle took place Gordon 151James K Polk was enraged by Mexicos uncooperative nature and went directly to congress for a declaration of war Polk believed war was justified because he believed Mexico had invaded American territory and killed American soldiers Some Congressmen mainly those from the south and the west strongly agreed with Polk and his request for a declaration of war but others mainly northerners only believed the war was intended to make more land for slave holding states With the majority congress voted to go to war with Mexico and after 17 months of fighting the United States won the war Gordon151 The Mexican American War had several effects regarding the American military As a result of
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