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Mexican-American War

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Mexican-American War
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 5 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.16

     challenging words:    happening, britain, military, victory, freedom, battle, theirs, northern, army, better, capital, become, attack, country, hundred, state
     content words:    Manifest Destiny, United States, United Stated, Rio Grande River, Guadeloupe Hidalgo, New Mexico, Civil War

Mexican-American War
By Cathy Pearl

1     In the 1800s, Americans believed in Manifest Destiny. This was the idea that the United States should reach from ocean to ocean. Land was needed in order to make this come true. Mexico owned a lot of this land. War was started so the United States could try to get some of this land. Mexico wanted to stop more Americans from moving to the south.
2     After 1803, many Americans began to move west. They moved to land that the United States didn't own. This made many people unhappy. Britain was unhappy because it owned land in the north. Mexico was unhappy because it owned a lot of the land in the south.
3     In 1835 and 1845, the United States tried to buy the land that Mexico owned. The U.S. offered five million and twenty-five million. Mexico said no both times. Mexico did not want to sell half the country. Mexico thought the United States was an enemy. Mexico did not want the U.S. to get more land.

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