Bear Flag Revolt

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  • The Bear Flag Revolt of June 1846 guaranteed the territory of California would become part of the United States. The main driving force behind the revolt was Captain John Charles Frémont, who organized an irregular military force to confront the Mexican authorities in the territory. These troops succeeded in occupying San Francisco; a short time later a U.S. naval squadron arrived at Monterey to assume control of California.

    In the early 1840s, California was seen by Britain and France as a potential area to be annexed or colonized. 1n 1839 the Mexican Congress had tried to negotiate with British creditors the transfer of 125 million acres of land to them as payment for outstanding loans. In response to this, President James Polk tried to purchase California ...

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