By Barbara Manson | Special to the Index
During the growth and formation of our great nation, Manifest Destiny, the god given right that the United States should be one continuous nation from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean seemed perfectly natural to most U.S. citizens in the mid-nineteenth century.
The “Invasion Yanqui” now on exhibit at the Palo Pinto Old Jail Museum presents the story of the Mexican-American War and our nation’s westward expansion. The Mexican–American War 1846 through 1848 was the culmination of a disagreement between the United States and Mexico. After accepting the newly formed nation of TEXAS into the United States as its newest state in the Union, President Polk offered Mexico 30 million dollars for the rest of the territory to the West including California.
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