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Chapter 12

Social Studies

TermDefinition
Joint Occupation The possession and settling of an area shared by two or more countries
Emigrant A person who leaves a country or region to live elsewhere
Mountain Man A frontiersman living in the mountain wilderness
Prairie Schooner A covered wagon used by pioneers in cross-country travel
Rendezvous A meeting
Manifest Destiny The idea popular in the United States during the 1800's that the country must expand its boundaries to the Pacific
Tejano A Mexican who claims Texas as his home
Decree An order given by one in authority
Empresario A person who arranged for the settlement of land in Texas during the 1800s
Annex To add a territory to one's own territory
Rancho Huge properties for raising livestock set up by Mexican settlers in California
Californios Mexican who was one of the original settlers of California
Ranchero Mexican ranch owner
Cede To give up by treaty
Forty-niner Person who went to California during the gold rush of 1849
Vigilante People who take the law into their own hands
Boomtown A community experiencing a sudden growth in business or population
Created by: Milly_Ramos