The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 18, July 1914 - April, 1915 Page: 231
VOL. XVIII* JANUARY, 1915 No. 3
The publication committee and the editors disclaim responsibility for views expressed by
contributors to THE QUARTERLY.
THE EARLY SENTIMENT FOR THE ANNEXATION OF
CALIFORNIA: AN ACCOUNT OF THE GROWTH
OF AMERICAN INTEREST IN CALI-
ROBERT GLASS CLELAND
RUMORED EUROPEAN AGGRESSION IN CALIFORNIA; EFFECT UPON
AMERICAN POLICY OF ANNEXATION
The reported designs of England and France to secure control
of. California before its annexation by the United States have
led, first and last, to a vast amount of surmise and historically
unprofitable speculation. So far as France is concerned, the
actual purposes and plans of the government (if indeed they ex-
isted) remain still unknown. But within the last few years an
examination of the British Public Record Office has cleared the
subject of English aggression of most of its mystery.-
This investigation has shown that while, indeed, the British
government, as such, had no intentions of acquiring California
*Volumes I-XV published as THE QUARTERLY of the Texas State His-
1This is due to. the efforts of Professor Ephraim D. Adams of Leland
Standford Jr. University. The results of this investigation as published
in his British Interests and Activities in Texas have already received
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