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A History of the California Gold Rush

Summary: The California "Gold Rush" of the 1840s was a mass migration to California after gold was discovered. Americans and people from around the world used the discovery of gold to begin new lives as many foreigners worked the mines.
"The California Gold Rush was the significant national event of its time" ("California Gold Rush: A Look to the Past"). This legendary story begins with one man. John Sutter, one of the richest people in the area, moved to California 1839 with the intent on building his own private empire. Sutter welcomed newcomers to the area because he viewed them as subjects for his self-styled kingdom. In the late 1840s, James Marshall and about 20 men were sent to the river by Sutter to build a sawmill ("The Gold Rush"). It took him a while to find the right spot because, "nothing but a mule could climb the hills; and when I would find a spot where the hills were not steep, there was no timber to be had" (Holliday). Marshall had finally found an area where he could build a sawmill, and managed to get his team through the...

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