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Discuss some reasons as to why the United States, and some of its people, thought it should or could “take” California from the sovereign country of Mexico. Remember to cite some specific people, events, actions, and policies (mentioned in Chapter 9) that contributed to forming and achieving that goal. What specific realities in Mexican CA (discussed in Chapter 8 and 9) made it difficult for Hispanic Californios to resist this change/takeover?

Your response should be at least 300 words long and use correct grammar and spelling. Please include at least two quotes(with page numbers) from our text to support your argument. 


Elusive Eden: A New History of California. 5th Edition

Rice – Bullough – Orsi – Irwin – Magliari – Tsu. Waveland Press, Inc. Long Grove, Illinois. 2020

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