Wow! This is a large gold nugget. I wonder if there is any more on the property.
Oh boy! If someone finds out about all this gold I will have a lot of competition. We better keep this a secret.
Sutter, I found this large gold nugget while I was working on the sawmill.
I, Sam Brannan, have news that the land of California is flooded with gold. I am selling shovels that are great for mining.
James Marshall was building a sawmill of John Sutter's property when he comes across a golden nugget.
I though us 49ers were going to stick together.
GIVE ME THAT GOLD!!!! And, give me those jeans!!
When Marshall tells Sutter than he had discovered his land is flooded with gold Sutter is not happy. He believes that if people find out he will have a lot of competition. Marshall and Sutter decide to keep it a secret.
If more people keep traveling to California, there wil not be enough surface gold for me!!
Despite Marshall and Sutter's efforts new spreads about the land being full of gold. Sam Brannan wants to make money off this discoverery but does not want to mine. He decides to buy all the pans and shovel to sell to miners.
The people in search of gold became known as 49ers. People started to becom greedy and would hurt people just to take their gold.
People came from overseas, largely China, in search of gold. Surface gold was the most valuable and that would quickly run out with the population growing by tens of thousands.