This is really just the Mexican American war but our teacher wouldn't let us use the title.
U.S claims land owned by Mexicans! by Jaycob Cobb
President James Polk is elected in 1844 and states that he wants to gain territory in the West.
The Mexican-American war is a war between Mexico and the U.S to be fought over Western territories originally owned by mexico. Originally, the U.S wanted to purchase these lands and the offer was declined.
President Polk sent soldiers out to Western territories and crossed the border between U.S and Mexico. Mexican troops opened fire on the U.S soldiers.
This caused an increase of political tensions between the countries.
"Manifest Destiny" was a term that was popularized in the 1840's and is the concept of the white man's divine right to expand to the west , regardless of Indigenous population. Later in U.S history, the Manifest Destiny is brought up again as a "divine right" to colonize area s of the Indigenous population.
Important people of the war for the U.S (right side) included James Polk who ignited the war via Political Tensions and general Winfield Scott who was the general and greatest strategist for the U.S during the war. For Mexico (left side), Santa Ana was an important player because he controlled the Armies of Mexico and had some political power to the extent of determining the next moves for the army and legislation for the common people. The common people also played a significant role by aiding in the fight against Americans.
What ended the War was the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo which was a written document explaining the purchase of the land and legislation explaining/confirming the rights of Mexican citizens in the current territory. This created the land grant struggle of the Mexican people, causing them to lose their property, going against the treaty.