1839 - California: A History of Upper and Lower California from Their First Discovery to the Present Time, Alexander Forbes
The first full account in English to relate exclusively to California, this book covers the history, climate, soil, natural productions, agriculture, and commerce, as well as the establishment of the missions and the conditions of the “free and domesticated” Indians. It includes an appendix on steam navigation in the Pacific.
1846 - The Conquest of Mexico - An Appeal to the Citizens of the United States, on the Justice and Expediency of the Conquest of Mexico; with Historical and Descriptive Information Respecting that Country
The unknown author of this 1846 publication asks the question: “Would the invasion and conquest of Mexico by the United States … be right?” A series of questions surrounding the annexation of Texas and the justification for going to war against Mexico are asked and answered. They included, in part: Is the war right? Is it expedient? Was the revolution of Texas right? Was the annexation of Texas right? Concluding that the answers to these questions were yes, a second, independent justification was proffered relating to the injuries Mexico was inflicting on the United States of America commerce. Concerns about slavery being advanced in a defeated Mexico were also addressed.