Americans, inspired by the idea of manifest destiny meaning it was their God given right to rule the entire, mass, amount of land from ocean to ocean. Thanks to this vision it quickly sent current land occupiers, Californios or Mexico, and the United States in two completely different directions. In 1846, Mexican soldiers rose up against United States forces. On May 31, 1846 President James K. Polk declared war. A small California Republic, The Bear Flag Revolt, seized Sonoma for naval forces to occupy in hopes of wining the war. The Mexican War didn’t bring about much fighting just a hot potato game of territory conquering, but in January of 1847 Andres Pico a Mexican official surrendered to U.S. lieutenant John Fremont (Uschan 10). Formally in May of 1848 the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was reviewed by both temperamental parties and after approval from the United State...
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...ting trek by land was one to be made by wagon, horseback, or on foot either way the most popular way started in Independence, Missouri and ended in California 2,000 miles and six months later. "Start at 4, travel till the sun gets high, camp till the heat is over. Then start again and travel till dark (Uschan 21)."
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