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  • THIS IS THE STORY OF THE 49ERS The 49ers were normal people from normal houses with normal families but when news of gold was heard and said to be in present day California, these people set out from all over the globe with hopes of finding gold.
  • Some hardships for the 49ers were the long hard journeys the pushed through. Also, even when they got there they still found little or no gold. They also sometimes went years at a time without their families.
  • Goodbye family. I am off to find gold and riches in California.
  • They were positively affected by the westward expansion, because when gold was discovered in 1849 these 49ers rushed and the lucky ones got gold. 
  • I am so happy the U.S.A went west we are rich now!
  • Me too!
  • Some 49ers were slaves who ran away from their masters in hopes of gold and freedom. Also, most 49ers found little to NO gold at all. They are called 49ers because the original 49ers departed in 1849.
  • When gold was discovered in 1849 the Mexicans believed California was their land and the 49ers took over and took the gold. Also, the Chinese immigrants were one of the first groups to find the gold then the 49ers took the gold and the credit.
  • NEVER!
  • How many people died during the gold rush?
  • Within 20 years, more than 100,000 would be dead. Most died from disease or mining-related accidents. 
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