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Why did Mexico find it difficult to control California?

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July 11, 2009 4:19PM

With the discovery of gold by John Sutter in 1848 the mass movement of people into the state was just too much. I have read letters describing miles of wagons backed up at the state line of CA trying to cross and as many as 40,000 people a day coming into the area. This was beyond the small Mexican army, and the US was just waiting off the coast to take advantage of the situation. When John C. Fremont took the governor and claimed the Bear Flag Republic that was the end. On Sept. 9, 1850 CA became a state.