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California Gold Rush. GOLD!!! James W. Marshall discovered gold on January 24, 1848. Marshall was inspecting a ditch at Sutter's saw mill when he saw.

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1 California Gold Rush

2 GOLD!!! James W. Marshall discovered gold on January 24, Marshall was inspecting a ditch at Sutter's saw mill when he saw a sparkle beneath the water. John Sutter wanted to keep it a secret, but…

3 …the word got out… …and the world rushed in! Nathaniel Currier, "The Way They Go to California," 1849, lithograph. California Historical Society, Fine Arts collection, FN

4 Who Rushed In?

5 How did they get here? over land by sea

6 What was life like for… the miners?

7 What was life like… for the people living in San Francisco?

8 How did it change life for… the Native Americans?

9 How did gold mining change the landscape of California?

10 Why was the Gold Rush such an important period in Californias History?

11 Bibliography Slide 1: gold digger: Slide 2: Martin Behrman, "Marshall in front of Sutter's Mill," gelatin silver copy photoprint from a daguerreotype. Artistic Source: Carleton E. Watkins after an 1849 daguerreotype attributed to Robert Vance. California Historical Society, Photography, Martin Behrman Collection, FN-12015, VIP This image found on: Slide 3: Nathaniel Currier, "The Way They Go to California," 1849, lithograph. California Historical Society, Fine Arts collection, FN This image found on: Slide 4: Chinese and white miners: A Woman Miner Alongside the Men: Mom and children: African American miner: Slide 5: Ship: Wagon: Slide 6: Miners camp: Slide 7: San Francisco in 1850: Slide 8: Miners Interacting with Native Americans: Slide 9: Charles Christian Nahl, "Hydraulic Method of Mining," ca. 1857, wood engraving. Published by Hutchings & Co., San Francisco. W. C. Butler, engraver, San Francisco. California Historical Society, Fine Arts collection, FN : Mine tailings: Slide 10: George Tirrell (dates unknown), View of Sacramento, California from Across the Sacramento River, about , oil on canvas. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston:


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