Matthew_McCoy_Week_8_Assignment

Matthew_McCoy_Week_8_Assignment - Matthew McCoy GEOG201...

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Matthew McCoy GEOG201 Week 8 Assignment Dr. Russell Graves March 25, 2011 Chapter 15, Review Question #2 (page 319). What was the long-term impact of the gold strike in the foothills of the central Sierra Nevada in 1848? The long-term impact of the gold strike in the foothills of the central Sierra Nevada in 1848 was the break of isolation from the rest of the country. Following U.S. seizure of California in 1846, a great gold strike in the foothills of the central Sierra Nevada in 1848 brought the first significant change in the region's settlement fortunes. Within a year, 40,000 people had come to the gold fields by sea, passing through San Francisco harbor. Perhaps as many more came overland. By 1850, California was a state. The frantic period of the gold rush lasted only a few years, but it succeeded in breaking the state's isolation from the rest of the country (countrystudies.us, 2001). It also stimulated the growth of San Francisco, growth that easily weathered the end of the gold boom. San Francisco remained the largest United States city on the
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