On January 24, 1848, James Wilson Marshall made the discovery of gold in the foothills of Sierra Nevada Mountains near Coloma, California. The discovery by the American carpenter lead to the “greatest mass migration in the history of the United States, . . . (98).” Despite the efforts of keeping the news from leaking out to the public, the news rapidly spread out, and by mid-March a newspaper reported with obvious lack of credibility that gold was found at Sutter’s Mill. At first the people from town didn’t quite found credible such discovery for the lack of evidence, but on May 12, Samuel Brannan proved the scarcity of the resource wrong by show casting a bottle full of gold dust, from there on the beginning of the gold fever epidemic began.
Throughout the year of 1849, people from all over the United States (mostly men) made the decision traveling to California in the hopes of pursuing the unimaginable wealth; leaving their families and hometowns behind. Not only did American men did such long journey but as the word spread out about the abundance of gold people from Mexico, Peru, Chile and China began migrating to the states....
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...cause why deprived them of their own living expenses; they worked for their money and it’s just so unfair that the natives couldn’t even see what they had earned for the day after long hours of hard work. These people were exposed to many dangers inside the mines and honestly to me they own the land in which all the gold was found. They at least deserve to some sort of compensation for invading their territory.
Another thing that stood out for me was how people would travel months just to get work in mines. They endure months of traveling just to get to California. These men and a few women left everything behind in the hopes of acquiring a wealth that never in their live they would have imagined owning. In all honestly, I wouldn’t have endured the rough journey and the working conditions these miners went through in order to extract the glittery gold.
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