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Content Reading: The Antebellum Era (1781-1860):
Manifest Destiny & War with Mexico Part 2
The President of Mexico, Santa Anna, came to Texas to stop the rebels seeking independence. Colonel William Travis led the Americans to the Alamo mission fort in San Antonio in 1836. Santa Anna attacked the fort and 187 American died.
Texas, fueled with outrage against Mexico, continued to fight for independence with the battle cry, “Remember the Alamo!” Sam Houston and other leaders continued to fight. Houston captured Santa Anna and forced him to sign the Treaty of Velasco in 1836. This gave Texas independence from Mexico.
In 1845, Texas became a part of the United States. President James K. Polk wanted New Mexico and California to join the Union as well. A military officer, John C. Fremont, crossed into the area of California. Angered by this, Mexico crossed the Rio Grande River to fight and killed 11 US soldiers. President Polk asked Congress to declare war. This started the Mexican-American War. In California, citizens rose up and declared the area independent of Mexico. It was a state by 1850. Mexico ended the war with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848 and moved their border further south.