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By Gordon Williamson, Ian Palmer

By way of the outbreak of worldwide warfare II, Germany had performed a lot to interchange the Kaiser's excessive Seas Fleet, which used to be scuttled following their hand over on the finish of worldwide warfare I. pressured to construct anew, the Kriegsmarine possessed probably the most technically complicated warships in life. even if the heavy devices of the fleet have been too small in quantity to pose a lot of a chance, Germany was once fairly good served by means of her Navy's smaller vessels, specifically the U-Boats and the S-Boats. identified to the allies because the E-Boats ('Enemy'), they played sterling tasks within the Black Sea and English Channel, the place they turned a specific scourge.

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By 1800, a chain of religious, military, and civil settlements tenuously linked isolated pockets of Spanish colonial ambition as far north as San Francisco Bay. The coast always remained the primary area of Spanish and, after 1821, Mexican hegemony. The system of colonization depended on the successful congregation of the region's indigenous peoples and conversion to Catholic, Spanish-speaking colonists on their own land. Presidios, military outposts constructed to defend the province, also supported the missions, while three civil settlements, or pueblos, grew crops to support the presidios.

In April 1846, two opposing armies met near the Rio Grande near Texas, each demonstrating their determination to protect national honor and defend soil believed to be theirs. On April 25 Mexican troops attacked the Americans. President James K. Polk sent a war message to Congress, which obliged him by declaring war on May 11. An eighteen-month conflict began, the first successful offensive war for young America. In an unbroken string of victories, American troops fought their way to the Mexican capitol, occupied the Mexican provinces of New Mexico and California, and forced the capitulation of Mexico by the end of 1847.

Mountain passes were blocked by snow and ice. The only way to go to California was by sea. To a nation still feeling some of the effects of the great Panic of 18371844, particularly in New England ports where vessels lay idle at anchor, the rush to outfit vessels for the Cape Horn passage harkened a booming maritime economy. The American merchant marine was then lucratively engaged in whaling, deep-water trading voyages with Africa, China, and the Mediterranean, transatlantic passenger and cargo trade with Great Britain and the continent in packet ships, a domestic coasting trade with links to the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, and Page 17 fishing.

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