The Gold Rush of 1849

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  • The Gold Rush of 1849 sparked one of the fastest growing economies in western America.
  • Many people left their families in order to go make a fortune mining gold in California.
  • Some weren't willing to risk not finding any gold, so many started businesses in order to profit off of the gold miners who did strike it rich. 
  • The profits made by these miners totaled in millions of dollars for years.
  • Thievery and robberies were common, as well as shady businesses like brothels and prostitution. That's why far western cities are wealthy and often have robberies and businesses like gambling, etc.
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