gold mines create wild west

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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).
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  • 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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