Watched a history channel special on the war with Mexico last night and it made me feel bad. A very unjust war of conquest, based on the doctrine of “Manifest Destiny”. It was strange to see how that the US flag flew from the highest mountains of Monterrey, Saltillo, Puebla, Chapultepec and the Palacio on the Zocalo. Am I glad we have all that land now? Yes. But I was just deeply saddened and ashamed by the way we took advantage of Mexico’s weakness to get all that territory. The same month we conquered Mexico City and gave them 15 million dollars for all that land, gold was discovered on the West Coast. Maybe God gave us the Civil War to punish us for the Mexican conquest just as Abraham Lincoln thought.
In contrast, I was very proud to show my in-laws all the historical sites of the Texas War of Independence a few weeks ago on vacation. We toured the Alamo and the State Capital in Austin and got to hear about all the battles of the revolution. We definitely had the right to independence from Mexico and it still stirs my Texan soul to hear the stories of blood shed for Texas for our freedom.
One of the most humorous exchanges with our guide (Spanish tour), was when my mother-in-law asked the guide why the Battle of San Jacinto (where General Houston routed the Mexican army of Santa Ana) was only 18 minutes long. “Oh, that’s because the Mexicans were taking a “siesta” and came running out in their pajamas, unprepared for battle.” My father-in-law smiled and said, “They did catch us sleeping, didn’t they, Amelia.”