Why did Polk try to bluff Mexico into negotiating instead of using persuasion

Why did Polk try to bluff Mexico into negotiating instead of using persuasion

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Why did Polk try to bluff Mexico into negotiating instead of using persuasion? Polk was very anxious to purchase California from Mexico, and he knew that Mexico would refuse to give it up. He thought there was no time to be lost, as he feared that England would seize it as a strong point on the Pacific. The London government had no such plans, for it had no claims on California as England did on Oregon. England was about to settle the Oregon controversy with the U.S. and was not likely to start another Anglo-American crisis over California. Drawing of the White HouseBut Polk’s stubborn, aggressive, self-confident personality was the underlying reason for his policy of taking a strong stand and bluffing his opponents — "stonewalling," as we might call if now. The characteristics he shared with his mentor and patron Andrew Jackson. He had grown up in the lower Mississippi valley during the last stages of the Spanish Empire and had learned to hate and mistrust the deceitful Spanish "dons,"
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course HIST 002 taught by Professor Mcfarland during the Spring '07 term at Drake University .

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Why did Polk try to bluff Mexico into negotiating instead of using persuasion

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