Why did some Americans oppose the annexation of Texas?

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Mark B. Share
Jan 8, 2016

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They saw it as a ploy to expand slavery.

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When the Mexican government first invited Americans to settle in Texas, one of the rules they said American settlers must obey was that slavery was not allowed in Mexico.

But many of the settlers who came to Texas brought their slaves with them. Eastern Texas was good for growing cotton, and growing cotton was seen as a path to riches.

Thus, slavery was already entrenched in Texas when the debates about statehood began. It was clear that if Texas was admitted as a state, it would be admitted as a slave state.

By the 1840's, when the Texas statehood debate was at it's peak, the abolitionist movement had grown, and many Americans opposed adding any more slave states.

Many historians believe that once the U.S. added Texas as a slave state, it put the U.S. on a path to civil war.

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Americans also saw it as a potential conflict-causer with Mexico.

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At the time of Texas' petitioning to become a state, they considered themselves to be an independent republic. However, Mexico (the country Texas fought for independence from) did not think so and still considered Texas Mexican territory. As such, if the US tried to annex what the Mexican government considered Mexican land, it could stir up conflict.

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