American Frontier Expansion Project
Updated: 12/18/2019
American Frontier Expansion Project
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  • Introduction
  • "Taking you back to the Gold Rush- An article about the Gold Rush"
  • Let me find something to read.
  • This looks interesting! I would like to read this.
  • Meeting James Wilson Marshall
  • *opens first page*
  • Hello, My name is James WIlson Madison. I was the first person to discover the gold in California. I discovered it while I was constructing my new sawmill.
  • To begin the story we will take you back to the 1820's, please try to stay calm while we revert you to a new time period.
  • Woah... Hey, Nice to meet you, my name is Adam. Tell me more about the Gold Rush.
  • What was the Gold Rush?
  • After discovering the gold on these very river banks, the news got out. The new brought about 300,000 people came from all over the US, especially the East.
  • They wanted a better life and to become wealthy, so they dropped everything to come to California.
  • And who were the people that immigrated, who was involved?
  • They came from different places like this.
  • The 49'ers
  • The main group of people involved were the 49'ers. They came from eastern United States, they endured a long journey to prospect in the Sutter Fort Area of the Central Valley and The Sierra Nevada in California.
  • Who else was involved?
  • The Gold Rush of 1848 brought more devastation, violence, death and loss which overwhelmed the tribes. By 1870 an estimated 30,000 Native People remained in the states of California, mostly on reservations without access to their homelands.
  • African Americans were used as slaves in mines in California. Slave Owners and slaves came primarily from the western US states (Texas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Arkansas.) There were no laws banning this in the early days of the Gold Rush.
  • How did it end and how did it impact California?
  • The Gold Rush significantly influenced the history of California and the United States. It created a lasting impact by propelling significant industrial and agricultural development and helped shape the course of California's development by spurring its economic growth and facilitating its transition to statehood
  • After 1850, the surface gold in California largely disappeared, even as miners continued to arrive. In 1855 it ended.
  • So how did this all end?
  • That's crazy how people would just drop everything to migrate to California.
  • Lastly, This Gold Rush has an impact on California Landscape. Rivers were dammed or would get clogged, sediment.Forests were logged to provide timber and Land would be torn.
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