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Imagine what would be, if history had occurred a bit differently. Who says it didn't, somewhere? These fictional news items explore that possibility. Written by Alternate Historian
Editor says, what if California was an independent republic? muses Andy Jackson. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
In 1853,on this day the CRS Sonoma sailed into the Japanese port city of Edo and officially won the race to open Japan to trade.
The Opening of Japan US Commodore Matthew Perry had lost the competitive journey to open Japan to the Western trade but Californian Commodore Robert F. Stockton's popularity would carry him to the presidency in the 1854 Californian Republic Election, making him the second elected President of California.
Stockton became a national hero during the war with Mexico, when, as the Commander of the small California navy, he led daring raids across the Baja Peninsula before landing at Los Angeles virtually unopposed.