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Ch.12 Vocab

TermDefinition
Manifest Destiny The idea popular in the United States during the 1800s that the country must expand its boundaries to the pacific.
Mountain Men A frontiersman living in the mountain wilderness
Rendezvous A meeting
Emigrants A person who leaves a country or region to live elsewhere
Oregon Trail The trail they took to Oregon Country
Stephen F. Austin Received permission from the new Mexican government to organize the colony.
Tejanos A Mexican who claims Texas as his home
Alamo A nearby mission
Sam Houston Commander in cheif of the Texas forces.
Annex To add a territory to one's own territory
Battle of San Jancinto Launched a surprise attack
John C. Fremont A army officer
Rancheros Mexican ranch owner
Rancho Huge properties for raising livestock set up by Mexican settlers in California
Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo Was signed in February 1848
Mexican Cession California was given a New Mexico to the United States for the price of $15 million
Gadsden Purchase In 1853 the United States paid Mexico $10 million,a strip of land along the southern edge of present-day Arizona and New Mexico
Forty-Niners a person who went to California during the gold rush of 1859
Boomtowns A community experiencing a sudden growth in business or population
Vigilantes People who take the law into their own hands
Levi Stauss Sold the miners sturdy pants made of denim
Mormons members of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints
Brigham Young took over as head of the Mormons
Created by: Megan McGuigan