I've uploaded year 1847 to the TSP Wiki...
Here are some one liners...
The 'Wicked War' and Manifest Destiny -- This is the Mexican-American war.
The Germans Have Landed in Texas -- This is immigration with a purpose but without enough money.
All Is Well in the Utah Territory -- The LDS'ers walk into the Salt Lake Valley. Some of the dialog seems contrived so I talk about how real events can seem contrived... because they often are contrived and also real.
In Other News -- The first chocolate bar, the Necco Wafer and peanut brittle!
The 'Wicked War' and Manifest DestinyMexico City has fallen to US forces under the command of Winfield Scott as the Mexican-America War draws to a close. Santa Anna has been defeated again. It has been an ugly business... a wicked war... because it didn't have to happen. Few leaders wanted it. Henry Clay tried to ignore it, but war has a certain momentum... a "manifest destiny" as they put it. It started over the annexation of Texas by the United States and a fear that Mexico would retaliate. Troops were sent under the command of "Old Rough and Ready" Taylor... the future President Zachery Taylor. The real dispute was over a strip of land between the Nueces River and the Rio Grande. When hostile troops are within shouting distance from each other, bad things happen. War was declared and fast as you can say "Bob's your uncle", thousands lie dead on the field of battle and the US Marines are marching into the "Halls of Montezuma". By early next year, solemn oaths will be declared, treaties will be signed and Mexico will become a lot smaller.  
- "I do not think there was ever a more wicked war than that waged by the United States on Mexico. I thought so at the time, when I was a youngster, only I had not moral courage enough to resign."
- --Ulysses S. Grant, 1879 
The Germans Have Landed in TexasThe first major waves of German immigrants have hit Texas. It has been a rough start. The migration is purposeful. It simply hasn't been well funded. (An old story.) The Nobility Society was established for the purpose of creating a New Germany in Central Texas. Germans have already purchased land in Texas, but as the new colonists arrive, many of those land deals fall through. The mass migration is stalled as German immigrants wait along the Texas coast. Many die of coastal diseases such as malaria. Prince Solms is heading the push into Texas on behalf of the Society. He is well-meaning if not always wise. He has established the town of New Braunfels which will grow into the 4th largest city in Texas by 1850. Fredericksburg is also growing and will one day be the home of US Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz. But with the project near bankruptcy, the new colonists take out advertisements in their hometown newspapers telling their fellows of their plight. The Nobility Society is shamed into arranging a line of credit for the new arrivals. It won't be enough, but it will help. The Germans are going to be a driving force in Texas history from this time forward.  
All Is Well in the Utah TerritoryBrigham Young sees the Salt Lake Valley spread out before his eyes and says, "this is the place." He has been leading his band of Latter Day Saint pioneers over the Oregon Trail and California Trail until he branches onto the Mormon Trail. (I doubt it was called the Mormon Trail initially. These are the early days.) 148 Pioneers walk into the Salt Lake Valley and make it their own. Young marks the spot where the Salt Lake Temple is to be built and he is elected President of the Church. When he began this journey he was leading his people into Mexico. After he arrived, it came under United States jurisdiction due to the treaty that ended the Mexican American War. In the midst of the wilderness, fine distinctions are lost. After suffering the murder of their founder, Joseph Smith, and the abandonment of their homes in Nauvoo, Illinois, they have found their place. Next year, Pioneer Day will be celebrated and so it will be celebrated every year thereafter... often accompanied by the hymn "All is Well" or as it will come to be known, "Come, Come Ye Saints." ([Click here.])  
In Other News
- Production begins on the Necco Wafer candy. It's called a "hub wafer" at first. They look like large, flat pills and they will become very popular with soldiers during the Civil War. 
- Peanut brittle is invented this year... or maybe not. Candy makers will "stumble-upon" or "accidentally" create several candy confections over the next few years. The explanations will all sound like the stories someone's crazy uncle would tell about how he invented the Enchirito for Taco Bell. "You wouldn't believe it!"