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Mexican Cession Essay

718 words - 3 pages

Mexican Cession
By
Hannah Wilson

What is Cession
What does Cession Mean?
It means to give up or surrender
something
Mexican Cession means that Mexico
gave up large amounts of land such as
California and New Mexico to the
United States.

History behind Mexican Cession
In December 1845 the United States voted to make
Texas the 28th State. Mexico thought that we had the
boundaries wrong and that part of Texas still belong to
Mexico. The United States thought the line was the Rio
Grand River, but Mexico thought it was another river far
inside of the Texas border. The United States President
James K. Polk wanted to meet with Mexico and settle
the argument about where the ...view middle of the document...

S. Mexicans who were
living in these areas could remain as U.S. citizens and keep
their property.

The Treaty
In addition to paying 15 million dollars for California, New
Mexico and Utah, a part of this treaty was that the United
States agreed to forgive 3 million dollars worth of Mexican
debt to the American government. The United States had
won the war but wanted to do what was right.
Many of the Mexicans that were living in these states
agreed to stay in America and not go back to the hard times
in Mexico. The only bad thing about staying was that the
federal government refused to offer protection of their land
and many Mexican had their land taken over.

U.S. General Zachary Taylor

Manifest Destiny
Manifest Destiny was a term that represented a belief of the
U.S. government and it’s citizens. We believed it was our
nation’s destiny or fate to expand westward from the
Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. Many people believe
that because we were here in America ready to build towns
and businesses...

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