Gold Rush
by Brendan

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Billy the Kid

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Gold Rush

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In 1848, a worker from John Sutter's shop was digging. Time passed and he found a golden nugget. More time passed and he found more and more nuggets. After that he went off to share the exciting news.


Soon hundreds of gold seekers rushed to California to start digging. Steam ships from Mississippi took thousands of gold seekers in search of gold. Within months 4,000 people were in California's digging centers. Within five months 80,000 people were in California's digging centers. People who were digging in California were called 49ers because that was the year the gold rush started.


When people heard about the news, they wanted to go to California as quick as they can. Since people people were in Europe and Asia when they heard this it would take them a long time to get there. Miners needed tents because they wanted every last bit of gold and it would take over night. Pans would help miners get gold in rivers by "panning it". You would put a pan in the water and let the water out. Many miners brought axes, shovels, buckets, and barrels.

Setting In

After miners got all the gold they wanted, they set up shops to get even more money. They set up shops near open areas so miners could go to their shops quicker and easier. Storekeepers kept their items in cradles so it would be easier to find what they needed. The cradle was for rocking the gravel to separate any gold from the mud and rocks. It worked the same way as panning. These shops were often lawless and wild places with robbers and rival claims. Most miners didn't get any gold at all and went to the shops for items to sell for gold.

I think my topic affected the Native Americans because their land disappeared and they had no more room. They also got sick and some Native Americans completely died out. Today in California, there are places and shops that miners have dug through and have walked through. There are also remains of wheel signs and barrels.

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