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Although the US captured over half of Mexico, including the capital of Mexico City, Polk did not annex all conquered Mexican territory because:

A

The American public did not want to bring in large numbers of "inferior" Catholic, non-English speakers as citizens.

B

His focus shifted quickly to the Oregon Territory issue.

C

He was afraid it would anger England and France and possibly lead to a war.

D

He was afraid it might scare other Latin American countries that they too might be attacked and taken over.

E

He was afraid of adding more territory that might be open to slavery.

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