The Battle of San Pasqual

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The Battle of San Pasqual
Katie Baldridge
Carl Coughlan
History 111
March 6, 2005

Katie Baldridge
Carl Coughlan
History 111
March 6, 2005
The Battle of San Pasqual
The battle of San Pasqual was one of the many battles fought against Americans to protect their land. The greedy American government was determined to conquer California from Mexico and make it part of the union. The mass migration of immigrants caused the widespread of people to flee south.

Mexico had departed from Spain in 1821. California wanted to manage their own affairs however, they lacked self government. Pio Pico was the civil governor and Jose Castro was the military comandante. The two men held great hostility toward each other. They divided California's land and raised armies for themselves. These divisions of armies led to future problems, due to the lack of unity between the two.

The United States Navy arrived in Monterey on July 2, 1846. "The two California leaders made a half-hearted attempt at cooperation" (Johns 2). The two men and their followers met at a ranch near San Luis Obispo to agree on an opposition towards the American forces. The lack of trust within one another led the two armies to march in separate units to Los Angeles.

Upon the troops arrival in Los Angeles Castro wrote a letter to Commodore Robert F. Stockton demanding to discuss a way of preventing war. Stockton wrote back concluding that the men must allow American forces to raise an American flag in California. Baldridge 2 The American flag represented that California was America's land. Stockton also claimed that a treaty would be issued after the flag was inputted in the California soil. Castro refused to take the American negotiation. Castro soon spread the word of American disgrace to Governor Pico, and he also informed him that he was vacating the land due to...
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