California Gold Rush

California Gold Rush
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  • As a consequence places around California became ghost towns.
  • The apex of the rush was in 1852. 80,000 people immigrated into California during that year. These immigrants are known as the '49ers.
  • As the competition grew, xenophobia and racism towards foreign miners increased.
  • No gold for Chinese people!
  • By the end of 1849, the non-native population of California was 100,000. It was only 20,000 at the end of 1848 and less than 1,000 at the beginning of 1848.
  • There is going to be a Foreign Miners Tax. $20 monthly per miner. Besides that, the number of Chinese immigrants will be limited.
  • As gold was getting harder to find after 1850, the growing industrialization of mining drove more and more miners from independence into wage labor.
  • Oh no!
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