Bear Flag Rising

Reviews the book “Bear Flag Rising” and its account of the conquest of California.

The conquest of California as portrayed by Walker was little more than an uncontrolled land grab. In vivid detail, Walker recounts both the martial exploits and the political controversies of John Charles Fremont, Commodore Robert Field Stockton, and General Stephen Watts Kearney. Fremont, however, cannot have created California on his own. Stockton came to California to earn a military win over Castro – the last remaining resistance of any real force in California to Fremont’s desired ends.

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