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California History (1846 to 1899) Made Easy Trivia

What do you know about California History (1846 to 1899)? Try this California History (1846 to 1899) Made Easy Trivia quiz.

Trivia powered by ABE1. Although a small number of American traders and trappers had lived in California since the early 1830s, the first organized overland party of American immigrants was the Bidwell-Bartleson party of 1841. With mules and on foot, this pioneering group groped their way across the continent using a still untested trail. What was the name of the trail?

  • Sierra Nevada Trail
  • California Trail
  • Western Heritage Trail

2. After the United States declared war on Mexico, May 13, 1846. How long did it take for definite word of war to get to California?

  • Almost two weeks
  • Almost one month
  • Almost two months

3. On June 15, 1846, some 30 non-Mexican settlers, mostly Americans, staged a revolt and seized the small Mexican garrison in Sonoma. What was the name of the flag raised for the California Republic over Sonoma?

  • "Bear Flag"
  • "Star Flag"
  • "Sutter's Flag"

4. Commodore John Drake Sloat, on hearing of imminent war and the revolt in Sonoma, ordered his naval forces to occupy Yerba Buena on July 7 and raise the American flag. What is the present location of Yerba Buena?

  • Los Angeles
  • San Francisco
  • Palm Springs

5. On January 28, 1847, who was the Army lieutenant and his army unit that arrived in Monterey, California as American forces in the pipeline continued to stream into California?

  • Robert E. Lee
  • William Tecumseh Sherman
  • Ulysses S. Grant

6. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, signed on February 2, 1848, marked the end of the Mexican-American War. In that treaty, the United States agreed to pay Mexico $18,250,000. Mexico formally ceded California (and other northern territories) to the United States, and the first international boundary was drawn between the US and Mexico by treaty.

  • True or False?

7. In January 1848, what was discovered at Sutter's Mill in the Sierra Nevada foothills about 40 miles east of Sacramento?

  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Oil

8. Sacramento was finally selected in 1854 as the state capital. What towns did NOT serve as temporary state capitals?

  • Vallejo
  • Benicia
  • Palm Springs

9. California's labor movements began in the only large city in California for decades and once the center of trade-unionism west of the Rockies. What was the city?

  • San Francisco
  • Oakland
  • Sacramento

10. California's symbolic and tangible connection to the rest of the country was fused at Promontory Summit, Utah, as the last spike was driven to join the tracks of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads, thereby completing the First Transcontinental Railroad on May 10, 1869 (before that time, only a few local rail lines operated in the State.) What was the first local rail line?

  • Sacramento Valley Railroad
  • Fresno-LA Railroad
  • Coast Railroad

California History (1846 to 1899) Answers

  1. California Trail
  2. Almost two months
  3. "Bear Flag"
  4. San Francisco
  5. William Tecumseh Sherman
  6. True
  7. Gold
  8. Palm Springs
  9. San Francisco
  10. Sacramento Valley Railroad

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