24 President James K. PolkDeveloped a four point program and achieved it in four years.Lower the tariff, restore the independent treasury, get Oregon and California.His policies are tied to the idea of “Manifest Destiny.”
26 Walker TariffSecretary of the Treasury Robert Walker created a revenue tariff that reduced tariffs from 32 to 25 percent.Clay’ Whig supporters denounced the new tariff, but boom times made it successful.
27 Independent TreasuryPolk gets congress to restore the independent treasury that had been dropped by the Whigs in 1841.It will remain in effect until the creation of the Federal Reserve System in 1912.
28 Oregon CompromisePolk had no intention of holding out for 54º 40’ line.He proposed the old compromise line of 49º, but Britain refused.
29 Britain eventually agreed to give in with out a fight and the line was set at 49º.
30 The War with MexicoLand to the south of the Nueces River was disputed between Texas and Mexico.
31 Mexico broke off diplomatic relations with the US when the United States accepted Texan claims to the Rio Grande as the southern border.
32 Slidell MissionPolk sends John Slidell to Mexico City offering to buy California and New Mexico for $25 million.The Mexican government refused to even hear the “insulting” proposition.
33 “Old Rough and Ready”General Zachary Taylor and 4,000 troops move to the Rio Grande valley near Matamoros.8,000 Mexican troops gathered south of the Rio Grande.