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The Gold Rush
Transcript of The Gold Rush
Gold Rush Life in the Mining Camps Women and Goods Women were very scarce... The End of the Gold Rush The Gold Rush In 1848, Marshall spotted something shiny in the water. Effects of the Gold rush By 1849, tens of thousands
had already joined the search
for gold in California. Two thirds of the forty-niners were American. The rest of the forty-niners were Mexican, South American, European, Australian, and also Chinese. One of the many problems was getting to California. Marshall had tried to keep his discovery a secret, but somehow it had leaked out. The Chinese Life in the mining camps was harsh There were about two thousand men in one mining camp. There were drinking saloons and gambling tables on every street. The Forty-Niners' Legacy: All of the gold was gone by 1852. When gold was still abundant in California , about 250,000 people had rushed to California. Many Californios also lost their lands due to
the newcomers. There was no police to keep order so miners often fought with each other over the boundaries of their claims. When Americans first entered the goldfields, they knew nothing about mining. Mexicans introduced them to the
batea, riffle boxes, and arrastras. Not only were Mexicans skilled at gold mining, but they also shared their experience with
quartz, silver, and copper mining. In addition, they helped establish the "Law of the Mines". Overall, Mexicans made a huge impact not only in the gold rush, but on California itself. Gam Saan promised great pay, large houses, fine clothes, food, a lot of money, and many other things to poor and hungry Chinese peasants. At first, the Chinese were welcome. As gold became scarce, miners began to discriminate against the Chinese immigrants. The same year that 20,000 Chinese migrated to California, the state legislature passed the Foreign Miners Tax. When the tax failed to retire some Chinese from mining, Americans began to bully them. Chinese miners who had given up began to open businesses instead. The Chinese's effects on the West still lingers today. ...which meant that the services of a women were in high demand. Merchants made fortunes selling goods for ridiculously high prices. By Sonia Fonseca and Alyssa Laxamana Paper or Plastic?