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Polk was a successful one-term president, negotiating with Britain to divide the disputed Northwest, (adding Idaho, Washington and Oregon to the Union), and, through victory in the Mexican War and subsequent purchases, adding 1.2 million square miles of the American Southwest. However, these significant territorial gains resurrected the question of whether slavery would be allowed in federal territories. The contentious debates in Congress, and throughout the nation, would lead eventually to Civil War.
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