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Because he was sent to negotiate an agreement whereby the Rio Grande River would be the southern border of Texas; he was also instructed to offer $30 million for the territory of California. At the time, Texas was viewed as a rebel province that would be retaken, and California was not for sale.

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Q: Why do you think Mexico's leaders refused to meet with Slidell?
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