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Westward Expansion

Zachary Smithled the U.S. in the war against Mexico
President Polkurged congress to declare war on Mexico in 1846
Manifest Destinythe idea that the U.S. should extend from "coast to coast"
Rio Grandeclaimed by Texans as their southern border
John SlidellU.S. diplomat sent to Mexico to acquire California and New Mexico
Treaty of Guadualupe Hidalgoformally ended the war with Mexico
Forty-ninerstravelled west to the California gold fields
James Gadsdennegotiated the treaty to build a transcontinental railroad with Santa Anna
Fremontcaptured Los Angeles
Texas boundaryponit of dispute between the U.S. and Mexico

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