California and the rest of the Southwest became United States territory following the Mexican War, or as some Mexicans describe it, the “war where you stole our country.”  Was it a war justified by “manifest destiny” and Mexican transgressions or was it essentially a land grab?  Professor Blaine Davies explores the causes, the battles and the aftermath of the Mexican War, including the local Battle of San Pasqual, the biggest clash of the Mexican War fought in California.