Ryan Cuthbert, Jackson Henry, and Brittany Engel
Settlement of Texas
Texas War for Independence
The Texas War for Independence started in 1829 when the Mexicans outlawed slavery in Texas but settlers there from the U.S wanted to keep their slaves for growing cotton. This among other reasons such as being forced to pay taxes and the jailing of Stephen Austin who was known as the father of texas was why tensions rose between us and the Americans over time. Eventually this sharing of land between the two of us led to the battle at the Alamo and then also the war at San Jacinto. The Americans killed over half of our troops in this war and then took the land eventually. If we let them in again this could happen and we can’t afford to lose more land than we already have to the Americans.
War with Mexico and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
The War with Mexico began after the United States provoked it by stationing armed troops at the mouth of the Rio Grande, an area that both Texas and Mexico claimed. Also, Mexico encouraged the war because the United States government approved the annexation of Texas. The war ended after a year and a half of fighting. The treaty that ended it was called the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. The treaty added 1.2 million square miles of territory to the United States. The United States recognized sovereignty over all of Texas north of the Rio Grande River. In return, the United States agreed to pay $15 million to Mexico in exchange for the ceded land and assumed the 3$ million in claims that its citizens held against the government of Mexico. The U.S. was defined the winner because of the new territory and the vast resources it contained. Now, if we let Americans own our land the same thing will happen again. History will repeat itself. We can't let Americans own land in Mexico. If they do, then they will want to keep that land for themselves and add it to America.