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Spanish Settle of the West

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 06:29 AM
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International borders have always been centers of conflict, and


U.S.-Mexican border is no exception.   With the European colonizing the New

World, it was a matter of time before the powers collided.   The Spanish

settled what is today   Mexico, while the English settled what is to day


United States.   When the two colonial powers did meet what is today the

United States’ Southwest, it was not England and Spain.   Rather the two

powers were the United States and Mexico.   Both Counties had broken off


their mother countries.   The conflict that erupted between the two


where a direct result of different nation policies.   The United States had


policy of westward expansion, while Mexico had a policy of self


The Americans never had a written policy of expansion.   What they had was

the idea of "Manifest Destiny."   Manifest Destiny was the belief that the

United States had the right to expand westward to the Pacific ocean.   On


other hand, Mexico was a new country wanting to protect itself from


powers.   Evidence of U.S. expansion is seen with the independence of Texas

from Mexico.   The strongest evidence of U.S. expansion goals is with the

Mexican-American War.   From the beginning, the war was conceived as an

opportunity for land expansion.   Mexico feared the United States expansion


During   the 16th century, the Spanish began to settle the region.


Spanish had all ready conquered and settled Central Mexico.   Now they


to expand their land holdings north.   The first expedition into the


that is today the United States Southwest, was with Corando.   Corando

reported a region rich in resources, soon after people started to settle


region.   The driving...


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