Mexico-United States Relations in the 1820s


Texas History The Spanish and Mexican Eras Mexico-United States Relations in the 1820s
Students learn about the relationship Mexico had with the United States and the new settlers. They also compare and contrast the Americans' and Mexican government's views on slavery. Then, they learn how the Texas settlers felt about being part of Mexico.

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In this experience, students learn about the relationship Mexico had with the United States and the new settlers. They also compare and contrast the Americans’ and Mexican government’s views on slavery. Then, they learn how the Texas settlers felt about being part of Mexico.

Objectives:

  • Describe the relationship between Mexico and the United States in the 1820s.
  • Compare and contrast American and Mexican views on government and slavery.
  • Determine whether settlers in Texas thought of themselves as part of Mexico.


In 1821, Mexico declared its independence from Spain and settlers began moving into Texas. The state of Texas was changing rapidly, as empresarios received land grants and encouraged settlers to move to their land. The new settlers, and their new ideas, made the Mexican government nervous. In 1829, President Andrew Jackson offered to buy Texas from Mexico for $5 million.

Objectives:

  • Describe the relationship between Mexico and the United States in the 1820s.
  • Compare and contrast American and Mexican views on government and slavery.
  • Determine whether settlers in Texas thought of themselves as part of Mexico.




U.S. President Andrew Jackson


Make a prediction about how the Mexican government responded to President Jackson’s offer to buy Texas. Did Mexico agree? Why?

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Share some interesting or exemplary answers to the class for discussion. If possible, choose samples with differing opinions about what the students thought Mexico decided to do.

Mexico declined Jackson’s offer.


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