Foreign policy

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Between the years, of 1815 and 1910 the United States began to indulge in the process of

aquiring foreign land. Their interests centered around strategic, moral, and political interests more

so than economic desires. These American goals were illuminated in the election of 1844, when

expansionist James K. Polk was inaugerated into office. His values and ambitions paralleled those

of the American people. This stimulated the territorial expansion of the United States during the

ninenteenth century. Therefore, the concept of " Manifest Destiny" developed, which stated

that God intended for Americans to control the entire North American continent and sophisticate

or civilize it.

In 1844, the prominent Whig leader Henry Clay, was competing with James K. Polk to

become president of the United States. Polk known as "Young Hickory" wasn't a stranger to

politics. He was Speaker of the House for four years and was the governor of Tennessee for

two terms.

(Had the support of Andrew Jackson) His competitor Clay was attempting for the

third time to become president. As history repeats itself Clay lost the election 170 to 105 in

the electoral college. The key issue was Texas and his inability to construct a stong plan

cost him the election by just 5,000 votes in New York.

The Mexico cession demonstrated the United States foreign policy during this era.

Texas had been part of Mexico, but it rebelled and became independent in 1836. Texas

greatly desired to become part of the United States, but this process was delayed due to

the slavery controversy. This controversy elucidated that America was more concerned

about the political and moral problems associated with accepting Texas into the union

than economic cravings. In 1845, under Polk's regime congress admitted Texas into the

United States. Mexico was alarmed and claimed that the United States...