The California Gold Rush of 1849 is one of the most fascinating and thrilling events in the history of the United States. From the amazing stories of people making it big, to the tragic tales of people losing everything are reasons why the Gold Rush is so exciting. There are many phases of the California Gold Rush such as the effects on California, individual stories of struggle, and effects on the United States as a young country looking for stability. But most importantly, California saw many rapid changes that played a huge part in shaping the state into what it is today. From Hollywood to San Francisco, today’s lifestyles in California have been influenced by the Gold Rush.
The California Gold Rush in 1849 was the catalyst event for the state that earned them a spot in the U.S. union in 1850. This was not the first gold rush in North America; however, it was one of the most important gold rush events. The story of how the gold was discovered and the stories of the 49ers are well known. Men leaving their families in the East and heading West in hopes of striking it rich are the stories that most of us heard about when we learn about the California Gold Rush. Professors and scholars over the last two decades from various fields of study have taken a deeper look into the Gold Rush phenomena.
On January 24, 1848 James W. Marshall found a shiny piece of metal near the American River, which changed California and eventually the whole West forever. This event kick started the Gold Rush, which would eventually become one of the most important events in our country’s expansion Westward. The Gold Rush transformed business and expanded everything in its path. The railroad came as a result from the Gold Rush in order to bring mass amounts of people, who gave up everything to have a chance at making a fortune, out west to make their dreams come true. San Francisco was transformed from a small town by the sea, to one of the largest cities in the U.S.
Many people were quick to react hearing that gold had been founded in California. California was a place of chaos during the gold rush of 1849. A plot of land that went for $15 in 1847, was later sold for $40,000 after the discovery of gold(Heinrichs, 23). Cities formed and California’s economy increasingly grew. A railroad was built which connected California to other states farther east in the United States because flocks of people continued migrating with the hopes of wealth.
California’s state name is The Golden State, and going all the way back to 1849 is why this was such an influential time for California and all of America. This is the period of the Gold Rush. Reasons why this event was so impeccable, to the development of California, are the years leading up to the discovery, the first findings, the journey, and so much more. Americans, inspired by the idea of manifest destiny meaning it was their God given right to rule the entire, mass, amount of land from ocean to ocean. Thanks to this vision it quickly sent current land occupiers, Californios or Mexico, and the United States in two completely different directions.
It was the determination of so many to get to California just to have an opportunity of obtaining a better life. The dream to acquire wealth in a matter of months became a reality for some, and a dream for others. The Gold Rush had a major impact on California economically, demographically, and socially, ultimately affecting the whole world. Thousands of immigrants came to America because of gold, boosting the country’s economy. The Gold Rush did wonders to the US economy, people went out and spent more money once the “struck it rich” making merchants richer who would buy from others to be able to supply the need.
California Gold Rush The California Gold Rush one of the biggest events in the U.S History. The Gold Rush was when gold was found by James .W. Marshall in 1848 in San Francisco, California. When this happened, emotions sparked in San Francisco (main site for the Gold Rush). The word spread so quickly that people from all around the Unites States flooded into San Francisco and causing overpopulation(“California Gold Rush”).
The Spanish Empire built many ranches and missions throughout Southern California. At the time in Los Angeles, “The Spanish period was dominated by vast Ranchos, the result of land grants.” The Spanish also built the Los Angeles River which today flows through L.A. County (Steen, Francis F.). One of the many historical figures that made an impact to Los Angeles at this time was Felipe De Neve. Govern... ... middle of paper ... ...a significant history, a stable government, and major cities making it a very well known county not only in California, but, also in the United States. L.A. reels in people from all around the world making it so popular.
First of all, the California Gold Rush helped to settle the western United States by giving people a reason to head west. In his state of the Union Address in December 1848, President Polk broadcasted the discovery of gold, causing a rush to the west. The search for gold brought almost 300,000 people to California by the year 1850. These people did not just include Americans, but instead included people from every corner of the globe and every continent. The influx of travelers to the west required a faster mode of transportation be developed.
Diversity in California was impacted most from the gold rush. Three hundred thousand immigrants had traveled to California by 1854; California became the thirty-first state in 1850 because of the huge population change (History Channel). Many different beliefs and over fifty different languages were developed; they are still practiced in California today. The streets of California are filled with different fashion, interactions with different people, and races (Lynch). Art reflects the differ... ... middle of paper ... ...9 travels through many important mining cities (Harvard).