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The Gold Rush. 1849. The Gold Rush. In 1843 the ‘great migration’ to the West began. Five years later a carpenter found gold flakes in a stream in California. He and the owner tried to keep it secret but word spread and by 1849 more than fifty thousand people came to find gold.

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The gold rush

The Gold Rush

1849


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The Gold Rush

  • In 1843 the ‘great migration’ to the West began.

  • Five years later a carpenter found gold flakes in a stream

    in California.

  • He and the owner tried to keep it secret but word spread and by 1849 more than fifty thousand people came to find gold.


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  • Many of the gold seekers came to California by sea.

  • Others came overland, traveling on the Oregon Trail or the Santa Fe Trail and then pushing westward through California’s Sierra Nevada Mt range.


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  • As people rushed to a new area to look for gold, they built new communities, called Boomtowns, almost overnight.


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  • Mining towns had no police or prisons, so lawbreakers posed a real threat to business owners and miners. One miner wrote,

    ‘’ROBBERIES AND MURDERS WERE OF DAILY OCCURANCE.ORGANIZED BANDS OF THIEVES EXSISTED IN THE TOWNS AND MOUNTAINS.’’


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The Gold Rush

  • Zachary Taylor, the Mexican war hero is now president ,he pushed the people to apply for statehood.


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The Gold Rush

  • California applied to congress for statehood in march 1850 because their constitution banned slavery.


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  • Very few females lived in the mining camps, which were populated by men from different racial backgrounds and ways of life.


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The Gold Rush

  • Lawlessness became the way of life in gold rush villages.

  • Committees were formed and people had to take the law into their own hands.


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  • The gold rush more than doubled the world supply of gold for all their effort, however, very few of the forty-niners achieved lasting wealth.


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California’s economy shot way up after the Gold Rush.

Even though the gold rush ended after a few years the money still stayed.


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  • As gold rushers poured west between 1849 and 1852 the California Trail became rife with shortcuts.

  • Most of them were just trouble though.

  • In 1858 the federal government constructed a legit shortcut between South Pass and Fort Hall called Lander Road


The gold rush

CREDITS

Created by: Dionte Schoensee & Jayme Garcia

Pictures by: Ms. Patti

2nd Period American History is the best EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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