If we could take Texas, then New Mexico and California should be a walk in the park. Remember it is our god given right to expand west!
Where is everyone!? Do you not want 30 Mill??
Polk wanted to lay claim to California, New Mexico, and land near the disputed southern border of Texas. James Polk ran on a Democratic Platform that supported Manifest Destiny.
They are no match for us Zach. One American soldier can take down 5 Mexicans.
Polk tried to buy the land by sending an American diplomat, John Slidell, to Mexico City to offer $30 million for it, but the Mexican government refused to meet.
Ha Got ‘em
Polk sent American troops to Texas in January of 1846 to provoke the Mexicans into war. When the Mexicans fired on American troops in April 25, 1846, Polk had the excuse he needed and sent the order for war to Congress on May 11.
Yes yes more land! The money we give you won’t even matter because this new territory will make us richer than ever.
Americans had great success on the battlefield. Generals Zachary Taylor and Winfield Scott won a series of remarkable victories against the Mexican armies, even though Mexico outnumbered the Americans.
In September of 1847, after a masterful overland campaign, American troops under Scott captured Mexico's capital, Mexico City, and the fighting ended.
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo sealed the American victory in 1848. In return for $15 million and the assumption of Mexican debts to Americans, Mexico gave up its hold over New Mexico and California.