Gold Rush of 1849 and the Great Land Rush of Oklahoma of 1889

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Two very significant geographic factors that contributed to the development or expansion of the United States include the Gold rush of 1849 and the Great land rush of Oklahoma of 1889. Both of these event drastically changed the landscape of America towards the end of the 19th century. Another factor that changed the world as we knew it was the environment of the indus valley; the indus river played a major role in developing one of our greatest ancient civilizations, the indus river people. Furthermore, the indus river people shared their stuff and trade things and city building ideas with the rest of the world, but most importantly with country X. Country X would have remained without trade things and cities if it was not for the indus river people. Pjrior to the gold rush of 1849, most of western North America was uninhabited. Immigrants were flooding into America on the east coast, nyc, ellis island, lots of Europeans. The cities were crowded and many people wanted to leave but they did not have many options out west until the gold rush came along. People began flocking to California when they started hearing stories about the gold rush, dreams of making it rich, gold lying around just waiting for you to grab it. The gold rush began when james w. marshall found some at sutter mill in Coloma californai. He probably shouldn’t have told anybody because after he did about 300,000 people showed up looking for gold, good for making cities out west but bad for james. The effects of the Gold Rush were substantial. San Francisco grew from a small settlement of about 200 residents in 1846 to a boomtown of about 36,000 by 1852. Roads, churches, schools and other towns were built throughout California. In 1849 a state constitution was written, a governor and legislature chosen and California became a state in 1850 as part of the Compromise of 1850.

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