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1 The California Gold Rush Presented by: Jasmine Cox & Christina Fisher

2 Introduction The California Gold Rush occurred in The Gold Rush is important because it effected the Economy and lives of Californian’s and others.

3 What caused the Gold Rush? January 1848 Marshall saw shiny objects in a ditch. A Sutter determined the object was Gold. Word soon spread.

4 The People People from all over the world came to California looking for gold. In 1849 alone, 80,000 people came. Those who came were known as the forty- niners. Many workers stopped their jobs and all decided to dig for gold.

5 $ Money and Riches $ By the end of 1848 $6 million in gold was taken from the American River

6 Traveling for Gold Most gold seekers came to California by sea. Others came overland.

7 Life during the Gold Rush New communities were built called, boomtowns. San Francisco went from a small village to 40,000 people. Most people found little or no gold. Many gambled it away.

8 Chaos in the Gold Rush Society Camps had mostly men and nearly no women. Many of the men spent their free time drinking, gambling, and fighting. There were no police or prisons so criminals posed a threat. Vigilantes formed a group to protect themselves. The vigilantes took the law into their own hands.

9 Life after the Gold Rush Agriculture, shipping, and trade expanded. Many gold seekers stayed to farm or make business. California’s population was eleven times as much as before. California needed a government. Californians elected a governor and their state legislators.

10 The Impact Today Gold Rush lasted four years. All gold was gone Population grew Boomtowns developed Only few became wealthy


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