Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2005

Abstract

En este artículo se analiza la actitud cambiante frente a Mexico de John Quincy Adams, de ser el primer arquitecto de la expansion territorial de Estados Unidos en la epoca nacional temprana hasta convertirse en ardiente defensor de la integridad territorial de Mexico en los años treinta. El autor se plantea también la siguiente pregunta: ~Que nos dice la transformación de John Quincy Adams sobre las relaciones mas amplias entre Estados Unidos y Mexico? El trabajo muestra como, durante la segunda década del siglo XJX, en la búsqueda de autosuficiencia y ampliación territorial de Estados Unidos, Adams valoraba poco el potencial dvico de Mexico y estaba ansioso por adquirir Texas y otros territories mexicanos. Con su derrota en las elecciones de 1828, se convirtió en opositor de la expansion jacksoniana. Al resistir la expansion de la esclavitud y la posibilidad de que la repúblicablica se convirtiera en un imperio conquistador Adams se vio obligado, a pesar suyo, a defender la integridad de Mexico.

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This paper analyzes John Quincy Adams' changing attitude to Mexico, from being the leading architect of American territorial expansion in the early nationalist period to an ardent defender of Mexico's territorial integrity during the 1830s. The author is also concerned with the following question: What does John Quincy Adams' transformation tell us about the broader relationship between the United States and Mexico? The article shows how, during the 1810s, in seeking to expand the economic self-sufficiency and territorial extent of the United States, Adams had ignored Mexico's civic potential and was eager to acquire Texas and other Mexican territories. Following his defeat in the 1828 elections, he became an opponent of Jacksonian expansion. In resisting the expansion of slavery -and the possibility of the republic becoming a conquering empire- Adams was compelled, despite himself, to defend the integrity of Mexico.

Publication Title

Secuencia

DOI

10.18234/secuencia.v0i61.895

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