Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. Should Mexico wish to sell the land, however, the United States was prepared to make several propositions. In fact, the pretext for war which Bancroft sought had already occurred. United States History. Bauer, K.
Retrieved February 27, 2019 from Encyclopedia. Search website. All cabinet members agreed except George Bancroft, who advised the president to wait until some act of provocation by Mexico.
The Polk administration, on the other hand, regarded the annexation issue as settled, and declined even to give its diplomat the authority to discuss the issue. The Herrera government had expressed a willingness to discuss only "the present dispute," i. Slidell returned to the United States and recommended to the president that strong action be taken against Mexico. Assuming that a U. Sixteen Americans were killed and wounded in the exchange, and the rest captured. Skip to main content. Alarmed by reports of British interference in California, Polk instructed Slidell to warn Mexican leaders that the United States would take steps to prevent the cession of California to any European power.
The mission failed when the Mexican government refused to accept his credentials. In addition, Washington had already sent troops under General Zachary Taylor into the trans-Nueces and ordered its navy off the Mexican coast, warlike measures that made an accommodating posture on the part of the new regime politically untenable.
His assignment from Polk was to negotiate the following:.
Texas, Oregon and the Mexican War. University of Nebraska Press, 1992. The following day, Polk discussed the situation with members of his cabinet. The Diplomacy of Annexation: Secretary of State Buchanan wrote to the U.
There he had practiced law, served as a federal district attorney and a member of the U. Congress convened in December, the Mexican government did not expect Slidell to arrive until early the following year.