The Gold Rush Of California

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On January 24, 1848 John W. Marshall discovered gold in California, which set its foundation for California’s future success. The Gold Rush gave California’s popular motto of, “Eureka” meaning “I’ve found it.” Also, the Gold Rush drew attention to California drawing cultures from around the world to seek better opportunities and make a greater extent of money than they would ever come across. This created California’s population to experience an influx during the 1840’s. Although it increased population in California, there were difficulties and problems with encounters between the Chinese immigrants, the rich, and miners that resulted in social conflict. As the Gold Rush struck California, people around the globe saw this as a way for them to reorient their lives around and start over. During the discovery of gold mining in 1840’s, all cultures and races were allowed to mine even if they were Asian, Native American, and African American. Additionally, they had one similar goal in mind, strike rich by mining for gold. During the early discovery of the Gold Rush, Hong Kong knew it as “ Gam Sa’an” which meant Gold Mountain in Chinese where they thought was an actual mountain until they arrived in California. ( ) The rumor of a Gold Mountain triggered the Chinese to migrate to California and mine for gold to achieve more money than they had before in China. In 1851, about 20,000 Chinese men immigrated to California and travelled by ships which many of them died due to climate…

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