The Gold Rush - 1849

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  • The Gold Rush - 1849
    • Who were the Gold Rush migrants?
      • Between 1836 & 1846 - total number of migrant using the O.Trail was 5000
      • Thousands came by ship from all over the world
      • Famine in China - 20,000 Chinese people migrated in 1852
      • Most migrants didn't find gold
      • Professional miners with the equipment and expertise to mind underground took over through the 1950s
    • Consequences of the Gold Rush
      • Migration to California - 300,000 ppl by 1855.
        • California becomes a state
      • Problems of lawlessness in the mining camps
      • Racial tension due to immigration
      • Gold from here boosts US economy - helps to fund railroads
      • Tension with Plains Indians - a huge increase in migration along the Oregon Trail
      • Genocide of Californian Indians by migrants
        • GENOCIDE = deliberate killing of large numbers of people
      • Manifest Destiny - White Americans see their destiny coming true
      • Farming boom in California

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