American History chapter 12

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joint occupation

the possession and settling of an area shared by two or more countries

mountain men

a frontiersman living in the wilderness, as in the Rocky Mountains

rendezvous

a meeting

emigrants

a person who leaves a country or region to live elsewhere

manifest destiny

the idea popular in the U.S. during the 1800s that the country must expand its boundaries to the Pacific

tejanos

a Mexican who claims Texas as his home

empressarios

a person who arranged for the settlement of land in Texas during the 1800s

decree

an order or decision given by one in authority

annex

to add a territory to one's own territory

ranchos

huge properties for raising livestock set up by Mexican settlers in California

rancheros

Mexican ranch owner

Californios

Mexicans who lived in California

ceded

to give up by treaty

forty-niners

people who went to California during the gold rush of 1849

boomtowns

a community experiencing a sudden growth in business or population

vigilantes

people who take the law into their own hands

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