- NAME: James Polk
- OCCUPATION: U.S. President, U.S. Representative, U.S. Governor
- BIRTH DATE: November 02, 1795
- DEATH DATE: June 15, 1849
- EDUCATION: University of North Carolina
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Pineville (Mecklenburg County), North Carolina
- PLACE OF DEATH: Nashville, Tennessee
- Full Name: James Knox Polk
- AKA: James Polk
- AKA: James K. Polk
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James Polk was the 11th president of the United States, known for his territorial expansion of the nation chiefly through the Mexican-American War.
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After back-and-forth negotiation, and some effective hard ball played by Polk, the British accepted the 49th parallel as the northern border (the current border between the United States and Canada), excluding the southern tip of Vancouver Island, and the deal was sealed in 1846.
Things went less smoothly in the hunt for California and New Mexico, and ever-increasing tensions led to the Mexican-American War. After several battles and the American occupation of Mexico City,
Mexico ceded New Mexico and California in 1848, and coast-to-coast expansion was complete.
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