It brought a lot of jobs to the west and also brought immigrants. When the gold rush first started people flocked to California to get a part in the rush. The strongest men from every city left their homes to find wealth. The people who made it to California first found plentiful gold, but it was hard work, and there were many people trying to get the gold. Immigrants form all over the world came to find instant wealth, so during the rush California became the most diverse state in the country.
Mining was an important factor in the development of the West during the 1800s. When people got wind of a discovery of gold or silver, they would flock to the area with hopes of striking it rich due to the high value of these minerals. These prospectors would use pan and placer mining to sift the minerals out from streams or the shallow surface of the land. After these shallow resources of the minerals were depleted, commercial mining outfits would come in and extract the gold and silver from deep underground. “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).
One conflict was the gold rush of 1849, where some gold was found in what is now California, and millions of settlers went west to get rich on gold, and in the process fought with the Spanish who lived out there, and then killed many Indians who also settled in that land. After California was bleed dry, the settlers thought maybe the neighboring states would have gold, which lead to another gold rush in Colorado in 1850, Idaho and Montana in the 1860, and Arizona and Nevada during the 1870's. Even though gold really wasn't found in those states other minerals where found like silver in those states, which made the West one of the worlds largest reservoirs of precious metals. Plus the Indians where pushed aside for the railroad expansions, the railroads where away to expand west and do it quickly, as opposed to traveling by horse and wagon, or by walking even in some cases. In most cases, the people who traveled West for precious metals would usually travel back
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
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.
However, as Australia became a more and more free settlers country, the government wanted to attract more and more migrants so encouraged the people to look for gold - E.H. Hargraves find gold in Bathurst – in newspaper - 8th August 1851, gold is found in Ballarat Victoria, gold rush begins - Many miners in the Victorian gold rush came from California Impact on Victoria - Melbourne became a ghost town - People left their work and see the gold rush as an opportunity to make fortunes - Almost everyone went to the goldfields - People from all over the country came to Victoria to find gold. They paid huge sums because merchants inflated their prices of
The first wave of Chinese Immigration was spurred by the Gold Rush of 1849 in California. Similar to other foreign gold-seeker, those Chinese immigrants came across the Pacific Ocean looking for Gold. Also, in 1850s, there was a civil war called TaiPing Rebellion going on in China that was tearing the country apart. Many people survived from
Population pressures, war and a quest for economic opportunities caused Japanese immigration to the United States to increase dramatically around the turn of the century. 2. Threatened by this competitive success, native white Californians sought ways to exclude Japanese workers were barred from factory jobs and shunted off to agricultural labor in California fields and
Another regionalism trait that was used to its extent was the setting. The fact that it took place in California during this huge gold rush that brought about a large increase gambling played a very significant part in the plot of the story. This is important because knowing this explains why Mr. Oakhurst is kicked out of town. These details play a important rule because if the story didn’t take place in California then the gold rush wouldn’t have been a factor so gambling wouldn’t have been so important and Mr. Oakhurst wouldn’t have been kicked out of town. These are a few reason that regionalism played an important role in this story.
Like all change, it is the pioneering few who dare to go where few have gone before. Whether intentional or unintentional, others will follow by example as the risks become more acceptable. The California Gold Rush in the mid-1800s caused a mass migration of people heading West following news that prosperity and a new life and could be obtained with comparative ease. To be sure, at first gold was readily available and nuggets could be picked up off the ground with little