Chapter 12 - Manifest Destiny
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- Many Americans were givenland grants to live in Texas
- About 3,000 people wereTejanos living in Texas.
- Texas wanted to declare themselves a freenation, but both America and Mexico wantedthem for themselves.
- Captian Juan Seguin:
- He was born October 27, 1806
- He died August 27, 1890
- He was a Senator of theRepublic of Texas
- He was also a member of theSan Antonio City Council
The Mexican-American War
- The Americans who settled in Texas didn&#x27;taccept the Mexican lifestyle like they hadhoped.
- They wanted the Americans toconvert to Catholicism
- There were many battles, including The battle ofthe Alamo, San Antonio, San Jacinto, andGonzales.
- The Americans won 10 out of the11 battles.
- President James Polk wanted to annex NewMexico and California from Mexico, but Mexicorefused.
- He sent an agent to offer 30 milliondollars to Mexico for the twoterritories.
- The border between the United States andMexico was also a problem during thattime.
- The United States claimed that the Rio Grande was theborder, but the Mexican government claimed that it was150 miles north of the Rio Grande near the NuecesRiver.
California Gold Rush
- About 80,000 people went toCalifornia to mine for gold and settledthere.
- There was a problem, however. The Californios (Mexican settlersin California) would have their land taken from them when whitesettlers would move to California. The two parties would go tocourt.
- Many miners were unsuccessfulin their hunt for gold.
- Due to the fact that they didn&#x27;thave any law enforcement orprisons,
- There were many robbers and rulebreakers in the many miningtowns.
- Some citizens became vigilantes, which arepeople who take the law into their ownhands.
- How does this relate to today? Atlanta is a booming city just likeCalifornia. These cities are populated for many reasons, one beingthey are the home of discoveries and inventions; Gold and CocaCola. With these items becoming popular they gave jobs to manypeople.
- After the Panic of 1837, &quot;Oregon Fever&quot; sweptthrough the Mississippi Valley and manydecided to move to Oregon.
- Tens of thousands of emigrants traveled about 2,200 milesthrough the Great Plains, along the Platte River, and throughparts of the Rocky Mountains.
- Improvements such as ferries, bridges,and cutouts made the trail safer andquicker.