Polk(President of the U.S.A.), who was a democrat wanted to expand, annexing the Oregon Territory, the coordinates to where Polk wished to expand to, were 54,40 and G.B. and the U.S. agreed to draw the along the 49 parallel. Polk claimed or used this slogan, "54-40, or fight." meaning they would fight for the land he wished to have. but they never fought.