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1 Gold Rush What is the relationship between Americans and the land?

2 What was the gold rush? History Channel Video America: Story of Us History Channel Video America: Story of Us

3 What was the gold rush? In 1848 gold was found in the ground at Sutters Mill In two years over 100,000 miners travelled West to California in search of gold Small towns sprung up out of nowhere The gold rush attracted people from all over the United States including immigrants In 1848 gold was found in the ground at Sutters Mill In two years over 100,000 miners travelled West to California in search of gold Small towns sprung up out of nowhere The gold rush attracted people from all over the United States including immigrants

4 VocabularyVocabulary Prospector: people who looked for gold claim: a piece of land chosen by a miner on which he or she searched for gold boomtown: a town that springs up in a deserted place so that miners will have some place to live forty-niner: a miner who took part in the California gold rush in 1849 gold fever: greed and the contagious excitement of the gold rush : Thinking about the effect that ghost town: : Thinking about the effect that Prospector: people who looked for gold claim: a piece of land chosen by a miner on which he or she searched for gold boomtown: a town that springs up in a deserted place so that miners will have some place to live forty-niner: a miner who took part in the California gold rush in 1849 gold fever: greed and the contagious excitement of the gold rush : Thinking about the effect that ghost town: : Thinking about the effect that

5 What impact did mining have on Californias physical environment? The images in this group show mines, miners at work, and the tools they used. They also illustrate the effect of the mines and the mining industry on California's landscape. Rivers were dammed or became clogged with sediment, forests were logged to provide needed timber, and the land was torn up all in pursuit of gold. The images in this group show mines, miners at work, and the tools they used. They also illustrate the effect of the mines and the mining industry on California's landscape. Rivers were dammed or became clogged with sediment, forests were logged to provide needed timber, and the land was torn up all in pursuit of gold.

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13 Environmental Impact The Gold Rush was positive for California in many ways......however, it had a devastating effect on the states environment The Gold Rush was positive for California in many ways......however, it had a devastating effect on the states environment

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