Britt Towery, guest column: President Polk's little war
BROWNWOOD â” Some wars fall between the cracks. That appears to be what happened with Polkâ™s War. James K. Polk was our eleventh president. He is often listed as one of the worst presidents weâ™ve ever had.
The war was launched on questionable pretexts. Why invade a smaller, poorer neighbor just for land?
Polkâ™s War was actually the Mexican War of 1846-48. Before and during that war, most Americans were not in favor of a war with Mexico.
New Mexico, Arizona and California along with other territory belonged to Mexico, having won them from Spain some 25 years earlier.
There were debates in Congress that the invasion of Mexico was unconstitutional.
Polk saw America as having a manifest destiny to control the entire continent.
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, Feb. 2, 1848, ended the war, and Polk paid $15 million to Mexico for California and other territories. The Rio Grande became the border with Mexico.
Joe Wheelanâ™s book, Invading Mexico,