Results of the Mexican-American War
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From the United States' perspective:
Many historians have regarded the Mexican War as an ignoble exercise of power fueled by the Southern slaveowners' expansionist needs.
Other observers, while acknowledging the role of the South, have noted that Mexico's hold on their northern provinces was tenuous at best. They had little control in California—an area coveted by Britain, Russia and France, as well as the United States. Texas had been independent for nine years and the other areas were largely desert with more Native Americans than Mexicans.
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