California is the 31st state of America. California is a major producer of fruits and vegetables, as they are the products. It's capital is Sacramento, largest city being L.A., state flower being the Golden Poppy, the state bird being the California Valley Quail.
It was a property of Mexico, as was Arizona, New Mexico, California, Wyoming, Idaho, Texas (a MAJOR part!), Colorado, Utah, Oklahoma, and others. They wanted to break away, and form up with the USA. Mexico did not want to let that happen, so the Mexican-American War started. Mexico's leader, General Santa Anna, was captured by 11th President James K. Polk and general, and later president number 12, Zachary Taylor. The territories were now states, and 2 years later, California became a state.