Expansion in Texas

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Brief PowerPoint on the Texan Revolution. Includes timeline reading skill questions. To accompany the Americans, section 9.3

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Expansion in Texas

  1. 1. Texas for use with sections 9.3
  2. 2.  What was Manifest Destiny?  It was America’s divine right to control from the Atlantic to the Pacific  How did Manifest Destiny impact the way Americans acted?  They believed that God gave them the right to force anyone in their way off of the land
  3. 3. Geographic Context
  4. 4. 1) Why did Mexico want Americans to settle in Texas?  To protect the territory from raids by hostile Native Americans  To protect from American horse thieves
  5. 5. 2) Why did Americans want to settle in Texas?  To remove barriers to western settlement  To take advantage of offers of cheap, fertile land  A desire for wealth
  6. 6. 3) What brought American settlers into conflict with the Mexican government?  Language differences  American: English  Mexican: Spanish  Religious differences  American: Protestant  Mexican: Roman Catholic  Slavery  American: continued slavery  Mexican: outlawed slavery  Americans wanted more freedom and political stability than Mexico was willing to offer
  7. 7. 4) What happened at the Alamo?  Santa Anna’s troops laid siege for 12 days  Mexican troops finally scaled the walls and killed nearly all Texan defenders
  8. 8. 5) Why was the United States at first reluctant to annex Texas?  Northerners opposed slavery  objected to the annexation of another slave territory  opposed the expansion of slavery  did not want slave states to outnumber free states  Many feared annexation would lead to war with Mexico
  9. 9. 1. Choose the BEST title for the time line. A “The Mexican War” B “Remember the Alamo” C “The Annexation of Texas” D “Santa Anna’s Military Career”
  10. 10. 2. Which of the following is true? A Texas declared its independence before the battle of the Alamo. B Texas declared its independence during the battle of the Alamo. C Texas declared its independence after the battle of the Alamo. D Texas independence had no relation to the battle of the Alamo.
  11. 11. 3. Which of the following statements can be supported by the time line? A Texas had to fight for its independence. B Texas was once part of Mexico. C James Polk favored the annexation of Texas. D All of the above
  12. 12. 4. How long was Texas an independent republic? A nine years B seven years C one year D never
  13. 13. Put the following events in chronological order:  Stephen Austin establishes a colony in Texas.  Mexico wins its independence from Spain.  Texas becomes a state.  Stephen Austin establishes a colony in Texas.  Mexico wins its independence from Spain.  Texas breaks from Mexico and becomes an independent republic.  Sam Houston is elected a leader in Texas.  Texas breaks from Mexico and becomes an independent republic.  Sam Houston is elected a leader in Texas.  Texas becomes a state.

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