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How did the United States acquire Texas?

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daphne00 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted August 1, 2012 at 11:02 AM via web

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How did the United States acquire Texas?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 1, 2012 at 1:41 PM (Answer #1)

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The United States acquired Texas by annexing it in 1845.  This helped to set off the war with Mexico that began the next year. 

Texas came to be annexed by the US because it had seceded from the country of Mexico.  Texas had always been part of Mexico until it broke away through a rebellion in 1836.  The rebellion happened because American settlers in Texas did not want to live under Mexican rule.  The Americans had come to Texas at the invitation of the Mexican government but decided they did not want to remain as part of Mexico.  They broke away in 1836 and asked to join the US.  The US did not agree to annex Texas until 1845.

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