The Mexican-American War began in May, 1846, following a formal Declaration of War by the United States. The issue was the Texas Republic’s request for annexation to the United States, compounded by a dispute over international boundaries. Mexico had never recognized the Lone Star Republic’s independence from Mexican ownership ten years previously, and now vehemently insisted that the boundary was not the Rio Grande, but the Rio Nueces farther north. President James Polk very much wanted Texas for the Union, and California as well. Leaving nothing to chance, he sent naval warships into California waters. The war ended in Mexico City in September 1847, with the United States victorious. The formal treaty to end hostilities was signed February 2, 1848 at Guadalupe Hidalgo, Mexico—granting the future states of California, Nevada, Utah, most of New Mexico and Arizona, and the disputed Texan regions, to American sovereignty for a payment of $15 million dollars in gold and silver.
The Bear Flag Revolt was a short-lived, quasi-military action in northern California. It began when a group of anxious American immigrants decided to start an armed insurrection against California’s Mexican Continue reading June Events: The Bear Flag Revolt, 1846
Sheriff of the huge Sacramento District before California became a state and organized county governments, George McKinstry Jr. was born at Hudson, New York in 1810, according to family sources. Educated in New York, either there or later McKinstry Continue reading Pioneer George McKinstry
Nineteen-year-old Sarah Montgomery and her husband Allen, a gunsmith, were members of an 1844 wagon train bound for Oregon that split off from the main group and instead headed for California as the Continue reading Women’s History Month Remembers Sarah Montgomery Wallis
Edwin Bryant, the author of What I Saw in California (published in1848) was a Kentucky journalist who undertook the perilous overland journey in 1846 as a literary mission, intending to write a Continue reading What He Saw In California…