A Puma, Panther, Mountain Lion - whatever you Californians call them.
It was occupied by the Americans in August 1846, then (without bloodshed) by the Californians in October, and again definitively by the American forces on the 27th of November 1846.
Californians were enthusiastic republicans, but found the benefits of republicanism slow in coming.
Californians had been very friendly to Americans, but Larkin's intimates thought they had been tricked, and the people resented the stealthy and unprovoked breaking of peace, and unfortunately the Americans did not known how to treat them except inconsiderately and somewhat contemptuously.
In recent years, tourists began to discover the appeal of the area, and Californians now consider it one of the premier travel destinations.