posted on Mar, 2 2011 @ 02:03 PM
Originally posted by Kram09
But wasn't Texas Mexican territory to begin with?
Didn't the U.S-Mexican War result in Mexico having a large amount of it's territory stolen?
Here are the answers to your questions:
"The Texas Revolution or Texas War of Independence was a military conflict between Mexico and settlers in the Texas portion of the Mexican state
Coahuila y Tejas. The war lasted from October 2, 1835 to April 21, 1836. However, a war at sea between Mexico and Texas would continue into the 1840s.
Animosity between the Mexican government and the American settlers in Texas (who were called Texians), as well as many Texas residents of Mexican
ancestry, began with the Siete Leyes of 1835, when Mexican President and General Antonio López de Santa Anna abolished the federal Constitution of
1824 and proclaimed the more centralizing 1835 constitution in its place.
The new laws were unpopular throughout Mexico, leading to violence in several states. War began in Texas on October 2, 1835, with the Battle of
Gonzales. Early Texian Army successes at La Bahia and San Antonio were soon met with crushing defeat at the same locations a few months later. The war
ended at the Battle of San Jacinto where General Sam Houston led the Texian Army to victory over a portion of the Mexican Army under Santa Anna, who
was captured shortly after the battle. The conclusion of the war resulted in the creation of the Republic of Texas in 1836."
"The Mexican–American War was an armed conflict between the United States and Mexico from 1846 to 1848 in the wake of the 1845 U.S. annexation of
Texas, which Mexico considered part of its territory despite the 1836 Texas Revolution.
In addition to a naval blockade off the Mexican coast, American forces invaded and conquered New Mexico, California, and parts of what is currently
northern Mexico. Another American army captured Mexico City, forcing Mexico to agree to the sale of its northern territories to the U.S.
Territorial expansion of the United States to the Pacific coast was the goal of President James K. Polk, the leader of the Democratic Party.
However, the war was highly controversial in the U.S., with the Whig Party and anti-slavery elements strongly opposed. Heavy American casualties and
high monetary cost were also criticized. The major consequence of the war was the forced Mexican Cession of the territories of Alta California and New
Mexico to the United States in exchange for $18 million. Mexico accepted the Rio Grande as its national border, and the loss of Texas. Meanwhile gold
was discovered in California, which immediately became an international magnet for the California Gold Rush."
edit on 3/2/2011 by manta78 because: (no reason given)