Lots of Land East Coast was crowed Opportunities to get rich Advances in Transportation
many hardships, struggles and dangers at sea, terrible storms , inadequate food and water , rampant diseases , overcrowding boats , and shipwrecks.
When miners were on their way to California it could take up to 9 months or more to get there by foot or by covered wagon
they found gold but the surface of gold in California largely disappeared, even as miners continued to arrive. Mining had always been difficult and dangerous labor, and striking it rich required good luck as much as skill and hard work.