Independence for California was intertwined with the fortunes of the Bear Flag Revolt and the much larger Mexican-American War. The Mexican-American War was fought over the issue of statehood for Texas and the U. S. policy of "Manifest Destiny." Regardless of the complicity we could find with Mexico to start a war; the aim of our government was to possess all the land to the Pacific.

California's independence was an opportunistic side battle to overthrow Mexican rule in Alta (Upper) California. Surprisingly, many Mexicans (Californios) were sympathetic to the Yankee cause, which made the Bear Flag Revolt easier than it should have been.

With the taking of Mexico City, the American Forces under General Winfield Scott effectively ended the issues between Mexico and the United States. The entire west under Mexican rule was ceded to the United States for a small payment of money. The conflict ended with the Treaty of Guadelupe Hidalgo in 1848.