• 1850, just after the Gold Rush.
  • California became U.S. territory in 1846 during the Mexican War. Samuel Ides became President of the Bear Flag Republic, as California was called, for twenty-five days until American naval forves reached California and the Americans became part of the U.S. California did not become a state - which is different from being a part of the U.S. - until the Compromise of 1850 under President Fillmore.
  • It is not part of the US. It is a county all it's own.
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      No, It was taken during the US-Mexico war as part of the agreement finally accomplished at the end of the war. On the other hand the Republic of Texas was included illegally many believing Texas is not part of the Yankee Union. There was a movement in 1848 of the USA making all of Mexico part of the USA. It didn't happen which is good. there are too many differences in the sociology of Mexico and the USA.
  • California became part of the USA at the end of the U.S.-Mexico War in 1848. that war was a bloody sinceless war that President Polk wanted to gain New Mexico and California. Texas was also claimed by the USA although Texas was a free republic. The book "Eagles and Empires" tells the whole story about the war and the results. Very interesting read.

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