Precursor to War: U.S.-Mexican Foreign Relations during Westward Expansion

As the power and influence of the United States began to grow in the early 18th century the country began to look towards the west as a way to extend their influence. This idea ran into a road block once the U.S. decided it was going to push closer and closer to the land owned by the newly independent country of Mexico. As the tensions escaleded it eventually led to war between the two nations for supremacy in the region. In this exhibit I want to explore the build-up to this conflict and analyze why the two nations needed to go to war.