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GOLD RUSH. In early 1848, flecks of gold found in Sacramento California. THOSE WHO SEEKED GOLD WERE CALED FORTY-NINERS. Caused a sensation in the eastern United States. Mass migration known as the, California Gold Rush , some 80,000 fortune seekers went to California for GOLD

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In early 1848, flecks of gold found in Sacramento California.

  • THOSE WHO SEEKED GOLD WERE CALED FORTY-NINERS
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Caused a sensation in the eastern United States.

  • Mass migration known as the, California Gold Rush, some 80,000 fortune seekers went to California for GOLD
  • Many fortune seekers also came from South America, especially Peru and Chile.
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Placer mining: use cheap metal pans, picks, and shovels to harvest gold at the bottom of rivers and streams.

  • Few got rich but most worked hard for little gain.
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Conditions at mining camps:

  • Crowded; poor sanitation promoted diseases; law was scarce in the camps; almost all were men.
  • Competition and fights were common – because of failure to find gold and lack of family life.
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Miners carried out their own rough justice.

  • Without official legal authority, they acted as judges, juries, and executioners.
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EFFECTS
  • Mexicans and Indians Face Discrimination
  • White miners killed Native Americans by the thousands.
  • Mob violence drove Mexican-Americans away from gold fields.
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Effects
  • California Seeks Statehood: Sept. 9, 1850
  • Constitution of California: excluded African Americans, both slave and free.