To what extent did the Mexican War promote the national interest?

My history class is learning about the Mexican War with America. The whole thing about the annexation of Texas and conquering the west, etc. So can someone give me more information and a descriptive and easy to understand answer 🙂

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  1. I don’t think it did; Henry David Thoreau would probably agree with me.

    The War was fought to futher the idea of "Manifest Destiny," the idea that the United States should stretch from one ocean to the other. The primary purpose in doing that was not to provide living space for an overpopulated country (which it was not), nor to facilitate trade, nor because it was the will of God. In fact, the hope was that more areas would be open to the slave trade.

    The War proved a useful training ground for many soldiers, including generals Lee and Grant, to hone their fighting skills, so that when the Civil War broke out a few years later, they made sure that it was the bloodiest in US history.

    Michael N

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