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).
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.
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
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
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
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.
These factors are political, economic, environmental and cultural based. Some push factors include those that force people to migrate such as few job opportunities, poor medical conditions, natural disasters etc. Pull factors are those that attract people to migrate such as better living conditions, education, more job opportunities etc. Migration has many effects such as changes in population, economic results, and especially increasing mixture of cultures from different regions around the world. Migration has had a huge impact on Australia in particular, since the Gold Rush; many people arrived from all over the world.
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
This is shown by how there GDP is high, and the very large population. Productivity in China has also significantly increased in the last few decades. There are many different natural resources that can be found on China for example: coal, iron ore, petroleum, natural gas, mercury, tin, tungsten, antimony, manganese, molybdenum, vanadium, magnetite, aluminium, lead, zinc, uranium, hydropower potential (world's largest). China can make huge amounts of money by selling its natural resources to other countries where they may not be able to extract these resources from their own country. In 2006, out of all the consumer electrics in the world, 80% was exported from China.