Once it was proven that the discovery of gold was not a rumor a problem presented itself to the people on the East Coast of the United States. The men who wanted to have this chance at riches were a whole country away. There were different ways to get to California depending on how many risks, how much money, and how long the miners were willing to take. ...
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...und Cape Horn, through Panama, or overland across the United States. Mining itself had many difficulties involved with it and could be very unsafe. The living situation of the miners was also unsafe but even more so it was unhealthy. The cost of housing and supplies was exorbitant. Miners’ relationships with their families back home and the other miners they had to relate with every day changed, often for the worse. With the excessive number of challenges and extravagant prices the Forty-Niners faced, most did not find enough gold to make the venture worthwhile. The California Gold Rush in 1849 brought miners from all over the world and the customs they brought with them have helped make California the great, diverse state that it is today. Although the Gold Rush was not worth it for the average miner, for the state of California it was a defining experience.
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