The Mexican American war 1846-1848
The Mexican-American War was an armed military conflict between the United States
and Mexico from 1846 to 1848 in the wake of the 1845 U.S. annexation of Texas.
Mexico did not recognize the secession of Texas in 1836; it considered Texas a
In the United States, the war was a partisan issue with most Whigs opposing it
and most southern Democrats, animated by a popular belief in the Manifest
Destiny, supporting it. In Mexico, the war was considered a matter of national
The war would end with capture of Mexico after the Battle of Chapultepec with
the announcement of the conclusion of the war. The news of the victory in Mexico
City resulted in an increased level of enthusiasm. The anti war fraction of
congress and the senate had been effectively silenced by victory. Even with the
strength provided by the victory in Mexico the total annexation of Mexico would
have been unlikely with out David Levy Yulee's efforts to convince fellow
congressmen. He played upon patriotism played down Mexicoís ethnic differences
and was able to use the initial enthusiasm to support the total annexation of
David Yulee had no way of knowing that his efforts would make his beloved Dixie
would lead to the civil war and Dixieís present day irrelevance.
After the Mexican American war Americans found out the hard way that Mexico
would be far from easy to hold. The Mexican war effort had been weakened by
infighting. To hold Mexico the US had to make allies. America could ether ally
with Mexicoís Conservative forces or Its Liberal population. To ally with the
coversos would require support for the Catholic Church, recognition of the
imperial system. An alliance with Mexicoís liberal forces required much less in
the way of political
capital. The governor of the more populated regions of Mexico would be elected
by the people. Former Mexicans would become full American citizens with all the
Even with a light occupation and the folding in of Mexicans into the new
regime one sticking point remained.
Slavery, the New Mexican territories did not want to compete with slave labor,
the liberals found it atrocious.
The anti slavery movement in the north found unlikely allies in the new
south. The Mexican Annexation had permanently altered the free state slave state
divide and in a cruel irony it would be in the industrial northís favor.
The next 13 years would see the slavery debate grow in intensity, eventually
it would all fall apart. The newly conquered territories would end up playing a
decisive role in who would win the war.
The election of Abraham Lincoln was the last straw for Americaís slave states
and the area that is today known as Dixie seceded from the union. There were
fears that the Spanish speaking regions of the union would also succeed. Many
historians agree that if the Spanish speaking portions of the states had seceded
that it would
have doomed the union cause.
President Lincoln decided that the best way to assure loyalty to the union
was to finally grant these regions state hood. This was extremely controversial
and their were riots in several northern cities and rumors of a plot by the
Catholic Church to conquer America through these newly minted states. State hood
would not come
with out a price for the new Latino states they were expected to fight for it.
When the south succeeded from the union they took with them most of the unionís
best generals. A three pronged strategy was eventually enacted. There would be
an army in the west who would try to secure the western territories; there would
be an army of the south that would attempt to strike Dixie from the south. The
western and southern militaries would meet in Texas and then drive to the east.
Casualties were high but in the West Ulysses S. Grant would prove himself to be
a competent commander who had a steely reserve. In the south an untested Porfrio
Diaz would rise to become one of the unionís great generals as the leader of the
unionís southern forces. The war lasted from 1861 to 1864, the south inflicted
great casualties but was defeated by the unions industrial might and
The war had been made more difficult by British support in the way of cannon,
guns and other war material, most of the southern blockade runners were
originally British vessels. The war brought the Latin states into the fold,
ended slavery, and greatly diminished racism towards those of Indian heritage.
However it would be foolish to say that racism diapered, America simply switched
from the southís one drop rule to something akin to the Spanish caste system.
The civil war proved that Indian blood did not make for inferior troops but it
would take another war to silence the remaining critics.
The second Anglo American war 1866 to 1870
the second Anglo American war was one of those tragic events in world history.
The war could have easily been prevented. If America had done more to stop the
Fenian raids and terrorist attacks in Britainís North American territories. If
the British and Americans had conducted diplomacy in a more constructive way,
but the event that ultimately caused every thing to spiral out of control was
John Stoughton Dennis's invasion of north America.
So why did things spiral out of control. British aid during the civil war had
poisoned the relationship between America and the British Empire. After the war
was over America turned a blind eye to the Fenians campaign of terrorism in
British North America. The Fenians conducted a campaign of small scale raids,
and terrorist attacks in British North America in one of these terrorist attacks
Commander John Dennis's wife was killed by a bombing. So when a small group of
Fenians escaped across the US boarder he and his small militia followed. Even
with commander Dennisís invasion of America the war could have been prevented.
Unfortunately the British Empire was suffering from a bad case of Victory
disease. The British Empire from Napoleon onwards had not suffered a single
significant defeat. There was a feeling of invincibility that ran through the
Unfortunately for the British there past victories were all accomplished with
the help of allies or with the aid of a coalition. In North America Great
Britain would be fighting alone against an enemy who had 4 years of combat
experience and could bring massive armies and force to bear.
The Anglo American war was a hard fought one, the American military utnumbered
and outgunned British forces and was more experienced the British navy was more
experienced and outnumbered the Americans. American Iron clads and Americaís
extensive trade network prevented a shut down of Americaís internal trade but
more often then not the British were victorious at sea.
On land the British did dismally two years into the campaign the British
military forces in North America were utterly crushed. The naval war went on for
another two years; the British were eventually forced to concede their North
American territories. The Victory led to a second term for Johnson and it would
the way for both the Grant and Diaz administrations.
The Grant Administration road into office on the wings of a finical panic.
Ulysses S Grant was a neophyte to politics and if not for the efforts of Vice
President Diaz the Grant administration would probably be remembered as one rife
with corruption thankfully Vice President Profirio Diaz was more in tune with
politics and was able to prevent several potentially disastrous appointments.
The grant Administration would see both massive emigrations from Europe and a
great Exodus from Americas northern territories. An estimated 10 to 20% of the
population left for Australia during Grants administration.
The French speaking population and English loyalists were the ones most eager
to leave, but what Grant is most famous for was his successful efforts to create
a national public educational system built on the model of the successful New
England school system. The goal was to educate Americaís youth, increase pay by
corporations of child labor and to slowly Americanize Americas Spanish and
French speaking populations. Grant also oversaw the purchase of Alaska from
After Grant left Diaz would continue the slow process of consolidating the
country. President Diaz would be remembered as a good president who focused on
consolidating the gains and bringing the continent together. Presidents after
Diaz would strengthen Americaís policy of Isolation and keep us out of the
madness of the first and second global wars, the pacific war and the numerous
other conflicts that were fought between the capitalist European and Australian
and the Communist Russian and Chinese led forces.
During the 20th Century America was finally at peace the violence and bloodshed
of the 1800s were left behind as America concentrated on building up its
infrastructure, and on improving the lives of its citizenry.
1961 March 12th
Closed the book and sighed yet another piece of self celebratory claptrap.
The yanks are one of the few people in the world who think that if they put
their head in the sand everything will turn out fine. Which is why Australia and
our allies had to fight that much harder to bring down Japan during the pacific
war, and why Europe was barely able to stop Stalin from conquering Europe.
Honestly if the Germans had not invented the bomb to stop the commies well
who know what would have happened, still I needed to read this crap, after all I
am an American studies major, though to be fair I only choose it because I
thought it would be easy. No new difficult languages to learn, not that much
outside of music and the civil rights movement to pick up and once I was
finished I could do some import export with one of the big companies in
Personally I find the country maddening. No one here understands much in the way
of geography, the only reason they bother learning anything about the rest of
the world is to sell crap to it. That isnít to say their not very good at it
they are. America is the richest country on the planet and the average yank has
no problem telling you about it over and over again, but thatís the thing about
the yanks that money itís all they have going for them.
Oh sure they have power, the second largest country in the world, third most
populated, but they donít have the ability to project it. Not like us Ozzys were
freaking everywhere, the freaking lords of the Indian Ocean. Indonesia? Ha a
communist country thatís falling apart island by Island. Japan? We beat them
during the war and they ain't coming back no matter what their crappy anime
India well ok they might be trouble someday especially if their economy keeps
running double digit growth, but if they mess with us all we have to do is shut
off the resources and boom their goes their economy. I closed the book and left
the Library. It was time for a smoking break.
I went outside and saw my friend Billy. Heís an ok bloke for being a
Queenslander. He looked at me and said "Are you still in the I hate everything
about this place phase?"
The one thing I hate about Billy he thinks himself a psychologist. "I told you
before Bill Iím not going through a phase Iím sick of this bloody place"
"Your going through culture shock Dave, Iíve watch you go through the honeymoon
phase and now your in the negotiation phase soon youíll get over that and be
where I am the every thing is fine phase."
"Ok that will never happen I hate this hell hole."
"That isnít fair Dave, as countries go this one is more or less livable it isnít
nearly as bad as Indonesia, or the middle east."
"It still sucks."
"I really cant wait until you get over this."
lit a cigarette and took in a deep drag "You know what screw it, its Friday
night and my paper isnít due until a week from now lets get some of the watered
down crap the yanks dare call booze."
"Cant argue with that Dave, just one thing please donít pick fights this time."
"Since when do I pick fights?"
"Dave you pick fights with anyone who isnít a fellow Aussie and even then you
picked a fight"
"Kiwis donít count as Ozzy!"
"There a province just like everyone else. Now promise me"
"I cant promise anything"
"Dave this attitude isnít getting you anywhere, right now Iím the only one who
puts up with you, I need you to get over your crap so that we can have a decent
"Fine I promise not to fight the yanks tonight"
And so we walked to the nearest pub a dark dank place where the booze was as
cheap and loose as the women who came there. The place was dead silent for a
change as the people stared at the tele in horror.
I asked the barkeep "Whatís wrong?"
He looked at me and gulped "China just invaded India"
It was then I knew that my world was about to go down the bloody tubes.
Some times I writing in this journal is the only thing that keeps me sane.
I closed the Diary and looked down at the dead body of the man that had just
been killed. Dave Mann Import Export expert veteran of the Sino Indian war, and
who thought he could skip out on his gambling debts.
Thatís where I come In My names George people Call me the Dragon. I think itís
because Iím the only Korean Hitman on the west coast Mafia. I decided to keep
the diary Dave wouldnít miss it. It was hot; itís always hot in Fresno. Fresno's
one of those towns that manages to be left behind. Itís a town for ghosts, for
refugees, for the unlucky itís a city where the American dream goes to die. I
put the bloated corpse on the conveyer and watched it get burned into ashes in
the incinerator. The smell of burning flesh made me hungry so I put on a new
suit washed the brains out of my hair and headed to a Latin restaurant.
The place was called Senior Josť itís run by a guy named Chewy. Itís been a
Part of Fresnoís landscape for over three generations and they have the best
Chimichangaís in town.
Chimichanga I like that word it just rolls off your tongue doesnít it?
Chimichangas, Chimichanga, Chimichanga, ooh I just love that word. Chimichangas
are a gift of god to humanity. It all started in a small restaurant in New
Mexico an old lady accidentally put a burrito into a vat of oil. The result was
delicious Iíve been lucky enough to eat at that restaurant it was absolutely
yummy. I looked at the restaurant. Senior Joseís is never closedÖ
To be continued