Trump Eyes a New Real-Estate Purchase: Greenland

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At the time California joined the Union, it was an independent republic. It's there on the flag. Along with a bear. (How cool is that?)

The issue was settled at the Treaty of Campo de Cahuenga.

The same pass that 101 takes into Hollywood today.

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The payment would not have even happened without the successful War of Conquest that the United States fought against Mexico.

The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was the peace treaty that ended the Mexican-American War (1846–1848). The treaty provided for the Mexican Cession, in which Mexico ceded 1.36 million km² (525,000 square miles) to the United States in exchange for USD$15 million. The United States also agreed to take over $3.25 million in debts Mexico owed to American citizens.

The cession included parts of the modern-day U.S. states of Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Wyoming, as well as the whole of California, Nevada, and Utah. The remaining parts of what are today the states of Arizona and New Mexico were later ceded under the 1853 Gadsden Purchase.

Back then, the United States did not WANT to annex all of Mexico, because it would have meant adding a HUGE number of Roman Catholics to the American population. Perhaps you know nothing of the profound level of bigotry against Roman Catholics back then. Perhaps you would have been a member of the Know Nothing Party yourself.

Plus there was resistance to admitting California to the union as it would be a free state.
 
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