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The California Gold Rush 1849. Goals: 1. Identify how, where and by whom gold was discovered in 1848. 2. Identify the routes used to get to California.

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1 The California Gold Rush 1849

2 Goals: 1. Identify how, where and by whom gold was discovered in Identify the routes used to get to California during the gold rush. 3. Explain how the "real money" was made during the gold rush.

3 Sutters Fort in Sacramento

4 Sutters Mill

5 The California Gold Rush 1. Who discovered gold in California (1848) and where was it found?

6 The California Gold Rush 1. Who discovered gold in California (1848) and where was it found? a. James Marshall was building a saw mill for John Sutter.

7 John Sutter and Sutters Mill

8 The California Gold Rush 2. Why did Sutter want to keep the discovery a secret and how did the secret get out?

9 The California Gold Rush 2. Why did Sutter want to keep the discovery a secret and how did the secret get out? a. He didnt want people on his land looking for gold.

10 The California Gold Rush 2. Why did Sutter want to keep the discovery a secret and how did the secret get out? a. He didnt want people on his land looking for gold. b. President Polk announced it.

11 The California Gold Rush 3. What were the 3 routes to California?

12 The California Gold Rush 3. What were the 3 routes to California? a. Overland - Oregon Trail to California Trail (about 6 mos.)

13 The California Gold Rush 3. What were the 3 routes to California? a. Overland - Oregon Trail to California Trail (about 6 mos.) b. Ship – Around South America (3-6 mos.)

14 Clipper Ship

15 The California Gold Rush a. Overland - Oregon Trail to California Trail (about 6 mos.) b. Ship – Around South America (3-6 mos.) c. Ship to Panama, walk across Panama, ship to San Francisco (1-2 mos.)

16 Panning

17 Rocker Cradle

18 Cradle, Sluice & Panning

19 The California Gold Rush 4. How was most of the money made?

20 The California Gold Rush 4. How was most of the money made? a. People who sold supplies to the miners, saloon owners gamblers.

21 The California Gold Rush 4. How was most of the money made? a. People who sold supplies to the miners, saloon owners gamblers. Example: Levi Strauss

22 Goals: 1. Identify how, where and by whom gold was discovered in Identify the routes used to get to California during the gold rush. 3. Explain how the "real money" was made during the gold rush.


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