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"Igniting the Mexican-American War: The Thornton/Torrejon" Topic


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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2018 10:10 p.m. PST

…. Skirmish

"During the 19th Century, the most vocal American citizens were quite proud of themselves; it only made sense to them that they should spread their political, religious and economic beliefs to all of North America. The Lewis and Clark Expedition and The Louisiana Purchase were both parts of the ideological backing of these beliefs, which came to be known as Manifest Destiny.

In 1846, after Texas became a Territory, a border dispute arose between America and Mexico. On the southern border, Captain Seth Thornton was serving under General Zachary Taylor in the Army of Observation camped at Corpus Christi.

He was a short man with a slight frame who spoke with a soft voice. Thornton was known to be impetuous and stubborn. When he transitioned from citizen to captain, some said, it was hard to believe he was the same man. Captain Thornton became a trusted and brilliant officer…."
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SpuriousMilius15 Aug 2018 9:34 a.m. PST

The Republic of Texas was annexed by the US as a new state, not as a Territory, though some land claimed as Mexican Tejas became parts of new US Territories.

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