11. James K. Polk (1845-1849) – U.S. PRESIDENTIAL HISTORY
James Knox Polk (November 2, 1795 – June 15, 1849)  Polk 
was the 11th
president of the United States, serving from
1845 to 1849.

On May 13, 1846, the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly voted in favor
of President
James K. Polk’s request to declare war on Mexico in
a dispute over

Under the threat of war, the United States had refrained from
annexing Texas after the latter won independence from Mexico
in 1836. But in 1844, President
John Tyler restarted negotiations
with the Republic of Texas, culminating with a Annexation Treaty.

The treaty was defeated by a wide margin in the Senate because it
would upset the slave state/free state balance between North and
South and risked war with Mexico, which had broken off relations
with the United States. But shortly before leaving office and with
the support of President-elect Polk, Tyler managed to get the joint resolution passed on March 1, 1845.
Texas was admitted to the
on December 29.

Nebel Mexican War 03 Battle of Buena Vista (cropped).jpg

The Mexican American war: I chose to pin this to my board because it was a great visual of a ...
(February 22–23, 1847)

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