Claims as a Cause of the Mexican War

Claims as a Cause of the Mexican War

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ...say. He stated that Texas alone was too weak to resist the invasion that Mexico was then planning against her; but that if it were once understood that Texas aimed to conquest the rich states to the South, thousands of hardy men from the Mississippi valley would flock to her standards and soon plant the lone star banner on the Mexican Capitol. He declared that if he had five million dollars he himself would attempt the work, secure a fourfold indemnity for the claims of American citizens, and "place California where all the great powers of Great Britain would never be able to reach it.1 Adams immediately took up the question and raised again the cry of conspiracy. He thought Wise, being of the inner circle of Tyler's advisers, had babbled the whole project of the administration. A war was going to follow and Mexico was to be plundered of a great part of her territory. The claims were to be a pretext for this war; and the whole movement was to be the work of slavery men for slavery interests.2 On March 3,1843, Adams, Giddings, and eleven other members of the House issued an address to the free states of the Union, quoting Wise's speech and other evidence regarding the conspiracy, and warning the North to be on its guard, since the slavery interests were going to accomplish their purpose even if it destroyed the Union.3 Once more, it is the old question whether the United States was going to precipitate a war over the claims if it were found necessary to do so in order to get slave territory. Van Holst,4 Schouler,6 and a host of others give almost complete credence to Adams' interpretation. The facts, however, will not completely bear Adams out in his views. In part, he did divine the situation aright: he saw that Tyler was bound to...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123674442X
  • 9781236744425