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Texas Coming In, 1844
一幅支持民主党的卡通画着:支持扩张的候选人波尔克以及因为德州添加美国而一败涂地的辉格党

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詹姆斯.波尔克 (James K. Polk) 获选为美国第11任总统
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波尔克在选举中险胜,而他在竞选时大力支持美国应该向西部扩张,虽然这是相当热门的话题,但是其他候选人似乎都刻意回避。波尔克就任总统之后,因为他并不想竞选连任,所以立刻展开行动以实践竞选承诺。在四年任内,他帮美国取得了德州土地、重建了独立的财政制度,并且从墨西哥取得了部分领土。这一大片从墨西哥取得的领土,也就是现在的加州、新墨西哥州、亚利桑纳州、犹他州,以及一部份的科罗拉多州与怀俄明州。这一大片土地不但让美国领土增加,后来加州还在1848年时发现金矿,所以这片土地的取得可说来得正是时候。

 
Winning by a narrow margin, Polk campaigned on his strong support for westward expansion, a hotly debated issue that was dodged by other candidates. After taking office, Polk acted swiftly to fulfill his campaign promises, as he intended to serve only one term. In four years, he oversaw the addition of Texas, the reestablishment of an independent treasury system, and the acquisition of territory from Mexico. This new land from Mexico eventually became California, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and parts of Colorado and Wyoming. This new land came just in time for the discovery of gold in California in 1848.

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