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The Gold Rush, arguably one of the most significant events to shape American history during the first half of the 19th century.
Everyone wants the gold im finding, so I better work hard.
As news spread of the discovery, thousands of prospective gold miners traveled by sea or over land to San Francisco and the surrounding area; by the end of 1849, the non-native population of the California territory was some 100,000 (compared with the pre-1848 figure of less than 1,000).
A total of $2 billion worth of precious metal was extracted from the area during the Gold Rush, which peaked in 1852.
At first, the gold could be picked up from the ground but later on it was recovered from the streams and rivers with the use of pans.
Throughout 1849, people around the United States (mostly men) borrowed money, mortgaged their property or spent their life savings to make the arduous journey to California.
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