California Gold Rush

California Gold Rush
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  • Days on the farm have been rough lately. I could really use some money even new fertile soil. Our neighbors are moving west and I think I will too!
  • Howdy! My name is James Marshall and I was the first to find gold at Sutter's Mill.
  • These three men have been panning for gold everyday for 12 hours since they arrived in California.
  • Between 1849 and 1855, thousands of people made the decision to head west in search of new land and even GOLD. These families packed their belongings and made the long trek west in hopes to "strike rich".
  • When gold was first discovered by by James Marshall, word quickly spread to people all over the US. Prospectors rushed west in search of gold. In 1849, over 90,000 arrived in California for gold. These people were called the Forty-Niners.
  • This seems like a great place to set up camp and pan for gold!
  • Working to find gold was a long and time consuming process. Work days would be up to 12 hours and people didn't usually stop until they found as much gold as possible.
  • Shown above are some of the useful tools needed for hunting gold. Two of the main important tools would probably be the bucket and the shovel. You can store gold in the bucket and you an dig with the shovel. Many people opened up stores selling these items and miners would always be willing to pay high prices.
  • Whenever gold was discovered in a new place, miner would set up camp there and continue to search for more. Boomtowns are places that many people stayed in because lots of gold was found there.
  • To conclude, the discovery of gold greatly increased the pace of Westward expansion and manifest destiny. The discovery of gold even offered another glimmer of hope for families risking it all for a chance at a better life.
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