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Friars U.S. History

The Gold Rush 1849

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1. January 1848, James Marshall finds gold at the bottom of a canal used to divert water from the American River.
2. Word spread quickly and people from all over California came to try thier luck on the American River.
3. By early 1849 hopeful gold seekers froma as far away as Australia, China, and Europe flocked to California, these migrants were known as Forty-Niner.
4. By May 1849 over 40,000 people had made the overland trek, other made the journey by boat cutting through Central America.
5. Most failed in gaining thier fortunes but the migration made California a much more diverse place.

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