The California gold rush

The California gold rush - The California gold rush. In...

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Unformatted text preview: The California gold rush. In January 1848, gold was discovered in California. The news spread around the world and was confirmed by President Polk in his annual message to Congress in December. Tens of thousands of people, mostly white Americans, flooded into California, looking to make their fortune in the gold fields; a polyglot mix of free African Americans, Mexicans, Pacific Islanders, and Europeans rushed in as well. With the influx of the forty-niners , who were chiefly young men without families, the population of California reached one hundred thousand by the end of 1849 and continued to grow. Easy-to-locate gold deposits were soon played out, and by 1852, many miners found themselves wage earners for highly mechanized and well-financed mining operations. Others gave up prospecting soon after they arrived in California, realizing that more money could be...
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This note was uploaded on 11/19/2011 for the course HIST 1310 taught by Professor Marshall during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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