1 Miners, Railroads and Cattlemen In March 1848 a Californian landowner first discovered gold in a stream. Before long the news of this discovery was sweeping through California. By the middle of the summer a gold rush had begun and by the spring of 1849 people from all over the world were rushing to California to look for gold. In 1848 its population was 15.000 people, by 1852 the population was more than 250.000. In the next twenty years gold discoveries attracted fortune-seekers also to other parts of the far West.
Part A One of the most significant geographical factors that contributed to the expansion of the United States was the existence of gold in California. Prior to the Gold Rush of 1849, California was primarily a Mexican province where to a few adventurous Americans had made their way. However, once the news of gold spread east and the New York Herald printed the news of gold within its pages, the slow passage of people to the west “accelerated into a stampede.” (The California gold rush, 2003) This explosion of pioneers was small by no means. In the spring of 1849, over 30,000 people assembled at launch points along the plains ready to make the long hard journey to California in hopes of striking it rich. The promise of gold seemed great
A town born in a mining boom at Pikes Peak in 1858, Denver was to become an unlikely thriving metropolis by the end of the nineteenth century. What now is the capital and largest city in Colorado had the humblest of origins. General William Larimer, a land speculator from eastern Kansas, hadn’t the slightest idea of the chain reaction he put into motion when he discovered gold along the South Platte River. The Pikes Peak Gold Rush brought thousands to Colorado for instant riches. Although, scattered camps of miners settled throughout the Rockies and did not congregate in a high concentration in any particular area.
“The thousands of people who flocked to the mining towns in search of quick wealth and who failed to find it often remained as wage laborers in corporate mines after the boom period” (Brinkley, 2007). The working conditions were harsh and very dangerous. Many miners were maimed or killed. The mining boom occurred in many states including Colorado, Nevada, South Dakota, Idaho and Montana. With the influx of prospectors to these areas, boomtowns emerged almost overnight.
On April 16, 1846, nine wagons left Springfield, Illinois on the 2500-mile journey to Sutter’s Fort in California. The whole mood of this journey was movement and expansion. It was not just young men who answered the call to join this journey. Whole families joined. For example, about 16 members of the Donner Family joined including, George and his brother Jacob, plus their wives and many children.
Economics: Salida is the service, supply, and tourism center for the Upper Arkansas Valley. Being a gold mine town, The city developed quickly, and became the hub of a prosperous mining and agricultural region within a decade of its founding. Salida endured devastating fires in its business areas in 1886 and 1888, but rebounded to build a substantial commercial area consisting principally of two-story brick buildings. The burned buildings deprived many jobs - which drove the unemployment rate up to 15-30 percent in the late 1980’s - though the citizens of salida slowly recovered. Transportation: The Denver and Rio Grande
Enterprise Project-John Deere as an Entrepreneur 13-01-2012 In my opinion John Deere, was an entrepreneur with a brilliant idea which has shaped the progress of many things in our world today. John Deere was born in Rutland, Vermont, February 7th 1804. He spent his childhood and adolescent years in Middlebury, Vermont, where he attended a common school and served a four-year apprenticeship learning the blacksmith's trade. The real history of the massive John Deere Company starts in 1837. In that year a 33-year-old pioneer blacksmith designed and made a ‘self-polishing’ steel plough in his small blacksmiths shop in Illinois.
Many people who lived there took advantage of the many ships that came into the port. They did a lot of trading and selling in Pompeii and many other Roman cities. Everything seemed to be going great until a volcano eruption occurred. A volcanic eruption is one of the most devastating natural disasters. The worst volcanic eruption is the eruption of Mount Vesuvius which happened on August 24th 79 AD.
The team of these three men slowly took over control and Gould became the president. Gould lost his reputation while dealing with gold because of the stock market crashed and treasury department sold all the enough gold in order to break gold prices. Then Gould started dealing stocks, especially railroad stocks. Obviously Jay Gould wanted the railroad empire. Gould became an expert in managing the complications of railroad.
Arkansas is known for being the “natural” state, but I believe California has much more than it’s beautiful scenery. California in general is a very diverse state and offers more things to do for tourists and native Californians, “California travel is all…we have more tourist attractions than any other place in the world.” There are millions of