American Revolution the United States was caught up in the
ongoing military, economic and political interactions between
France and England. Their disputes eventually led to the
American declaration of war against England in 1812. Two years
of fighting led to a stalemate and ended with the signing of
Treaty of Trent.
In 1836 Mexico wanted to develop the northern region called
Texas. In their drive for development they encouraged American
settlers. Men and women seeking land flooded the region. Soon
their culture, political aspirations and economic systems
clashed with Mexico. A revolution erupted between the settlers
and the Mexican government which finally ended with the defeat
of Santa Ana at
Battle of San Jacinto and the
Treaties of Velasco. Texas became independent and was
later annexed by the United States.
One area the United States eyed for acquisition was
Southwestern region which was under control of Mexico.
James K. Polk provoked a reaction from the Mexican forces
and with the military leadership of
Zachery Taylor they rapidly defeated the Mexican Army and
secured the land they call the Southwest under the terms of
Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
The United States in its desire to developed the western
region faced the issue that the land was already populated and
dominated by Native Americans.
Through a series of wars the government eventually defeated
the nations and forced them on to Indian Reservations. They
were disarmed and subjected to accept American culture.
In 1924 the
Apache Wars and the Renegade Period
completed and the
Indian Wars came to an end 302 years after the Jamestown
Massacre of 1662.
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