Land and Power

So before we were released to Spring break two weeks ago we had a very interesting lecture. We were asked what were the causes of most of the wars and the consequences. At first it was hard until the professor had us map out the whole thing on the board. Out of all the reasons on the board I believe land and power were the most important.

In most cases, the Indians were losing their land, this lead to Indian raids.The Red River War was a military campaign launched by the United States Army in 1874 to remove the Comanche, Kiowa, Southern Cheyenne, and Arapaho Native American tribes from the Southern Plains and forcibly relocate them to reservations in Indian Territory. 

Red river War Battles

Another war that was fought over land and Power was the Texas Revolution.October 2, 1835 – April 21, 1836.The Texas Revolution began when colonists in the Mexican province of Texas rebelled against the increasingly centralist Mexican government.Texas wanted their independence from Mexico they were fighting for their rights and their own land. Mexico was fighting to keep control over Texas and to keep their land. 


The Mexican American war was a  war between the U.S. and Mexico spanned the period from spring 1846 to fall 1847, resulting in the defeat of Mexico and the loss of approximately half of its national territory in the north. The main consequence from this war was Mexico was the loss of a lot of their land. 


The War of 1812 was a military conflict, lasting from June 18, 1812 to February 18, 1815, fought by the United States of America against Great Britain, its North American colonies, and its North American Indian allies. This being a military conflict I view this as an struggle of power. 

war of 1812

Lastly the Civil war in my opinion was a struggle of power from the North and the South. The South was reluctant to change their traditional way of life and rebelled against the Union. 

I believe most or all of the wars is about power. One country is having an conflict with another and they can’t resolve the issue by “just talking”. After going through some of the causes of the wars I did some research on, my thought of this was proven.


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