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  • 1820-1830s: Mexico invites Americans into their territory to try even them out with the Native Americans in Texas 
  • Empresarios leased land out to American settlers - the americas had to: convert to catholicism follow Mexican law learn Spanish and no slavery was permitted
  • 1833: Civil War Breaks out between Santa Ana's followers (wanted a more centralized government) and those that wanted to adhere to the Mexican constitution
  • the loss of the Alamo in 1836 really inspired the Texans 
  • 1836: Texans declare independence and say that they were forced to use a different language, slavery was prohibited....etc
  • 1836: Mexico and Texas fight over border lines. Mexico insists on the traditional boundary. 
  • Texas is rejected from the Union. Southerners want the addition as long as it remains a slave state, however the northerners do not want the addition
  • Election of 1844: Polk wins
  • this is good for Texas because it meant they would be added to the Union
  • 1845: Texas and Mexico still fight over where the border should be but Texas is officially a part of the Union 
  • 1845: Polk wishes to buy territory disputed between Texas and Mexico for 30 million dollars but Mexico does not agree
  • This caused the start of the Mexican-American War 
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