Secure Our Land!
The Beaches of Mexico Should Stay Ours!
Three Things That Changed Mexico
- Settlement with Texas
- Texas War for Independence
- War with Mexico
Settlement of Texas
Moses Austin had brought 297 American families known as the "Old 300" to settle in Texas, owned by Mexico. This was allowed as long as they followed some rules given by the Mexican government. Over the next few years, tens of thousands of Americans started settling in Texas. They disobeyed the rules that the Mexican government had ordered. The American settlers acted as if they ruled the land although it wasn't even theirs which is very rude. Some things they did were:
- Despite the fact that the Mexican government had abolished slavery, Americans continued to emigrate with their “lifetime indentured servants.”
- The Americans also didn't want to learn Spanish or follow Mexican laws.
- Very few settlers had converted to Catholicism.
They come to Mexico's land and don't follow the rules. If we let foreigners settle, it is a sellout to foreign interests and would likely be detrimental to the coastal environment. They wouldn't follow the rules before and who is to say they will now? The Americans will act as if it is theirs and be disrespectful.
Texas War for Independence
Some of the rules include:
Only choose moral and hard-working settlers
All documents and papers must be issued in Spanish, the language of Mexico
Religion must be Catholicism
Abolishment of slavery
The Texans had a hard time following the rules that the Mexican government had issued. They started to disrespect the culture of Mexico and the rules that they had made. The Texans soon called for a revolution, so they could break apart from Mexico and become their own country because they weren’t willing to follow the rules. The Battle of the Alamo is one of the battles in this revolution. The Americans killed off everyone except for the woman and children. Mexico was forced to surrender the revolution. Texas became it's own country and would be for the next 10 years. Who is to say that they won’t get tired of the rules given for the purchase and start another revolution taking more land showing no mercy on us?
War with Mexico
The United States wanted to annex Texas to become part of their country. Mexico was against this because they still wanted to regain the Texas land that they had lost. Mexico made two abortive attempts in 1842 to reconquer Texas. They ended up losing the war to conquer Texas.
The United States provoked the war by stationing armed troops at the mouth of the Rio Grande River, an area both Texas and Mexico claimed.
President James Polk saw a war as the best way to gain vast Mexican territories in the West.
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo added 1.2 million square miles of territory to the United States.
- Mexico had lost nearly half of its territory and descended into political chaos.
Foreign interests argue that such sensitive and valuable lands should remain in the hands of Mexicans.They had lost lots of their land because they let the Americans settle at the borders. Does this sound familiar? The United States knew that once they annexed Texas, a war would start. They knew they could beat Mexico, so they did it. Do Mexicans really want another chaotic event? Mexico should keep the rules they have now because they trusted the Americans once and look how that resulted.