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By Al Ross

By way of the fall of 1939, conflict used to be a truth in Europe and the Royal military was once already hard-pressed to satisfy convoy escort requisites within the North Atlantic. As a stop-gap degree, the whalecatcher-based 'Flower' category corvette used to be brought, however it was once too small and too sluggish to operate as a very powerful ocean convoy escort. What used to be wanted used to be a brand new layout built in particular for this position and for the stipulations more often than not encountered within the North Atlantic. in spite of the fact that, the household shipyards have been already overtaxed with important shipbuilding programmes and the Royal military appeared to the U.S. for counsel.

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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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