Geographical and Environmental Factors

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Running head: GEOGRAPHIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS Task 1: Geographical and Environmental Factors Shelby Bair Western Governors University June 10th, 2013 Geographic and Environmental Factors There are many different geographical and environmental factors that have played a significant role in the development of societies and cultures throughout the world. Geography and its resources influence the development and the interaction between different societies of the world. The California Gold Rush and the Great American Dust Bowl are two significant factors that helped to develop and/or expand the United States. Mesopotamia is one of the most significant areas of the world that led to the diffusion and development of the Egyptian society. A The two most significant geographic and environmental factors that helped develop and expand regions of the United States are, The California Gold Rush of 1848 and The Great American Dust Bowl of the 1930's. The Gold Rush took place in what is now California, and began the 24th day of January in 1948 when a miner discovered a shiny gold near Coloma, California. The news of his findings spread quickly and eventually brought over 250,000 people to the area from all over the world (Wikipedia, 2013). "One of the migrations stimulated by the discovery of gold was the internal westward movement of Americans from the Eastern states who hoped to make a fortune in California" (Dan C Hazen). The effects on societies in the state of California and even throughout the country that the rush were enormous. San Francisco, once a rather small settlement of approximately 200 people, turned to a large settlement of over 35,000 settlers in just four short years after the beginning of the Rush. The Gold Rush increased the amount of different types of technological inventions by the people, by bringing various new methods of

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