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Perspective of Mexicans During the Gold Rush

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Anthony McMurtry

on 30 October 2012

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Transcript of Perspective of Mexicans During the Gold Rush

Spanish Miners Mexican Miners The Americans did not like them, and they were taxed because they were foreigners, kind of like how immigrants are treated today. They also had to pay a $20 tax because they were foreign. Treatment They came to California thinking that they still owned it. Unfortunately they were wrong and considered foreigners among the americans. Spanish Miners Background Info In the fall of 1848, the first wave of Mexican miners
traveled overland to California to join the gold rush. Mexican Miners' Perspective Why the Spanish were so some of the best at mining... By Anthony, Chris and Ashley Gold Rush They though that California was still their land. They didn't get very much respect during the Gold Rush. Soon after gaining independence from Spain in 1821, Mexico opened its northern coastal region of California to foreign trade. American vessels from the east were soon engaged in lucrative commerce with the Californios, Californians of Spanish or Mexican descent. Offering such necessities as cooking utensils and boots, as well as luxuries such as brandy, the Americans reaped profits of 200 to 300 percent. In exchange, the Californios exported cowhides produced on their vast coastal ranches. Californio Antonio Franco Coronel wrote, "The reason for most of the antipathy against the Spanish race was that the majority of them were Sonorans who were men used to gold mining and consequently more quickly attained better results." Targeted by the Foreign Miners Tax and subject to violence and intimidation at the hands of Anglos, an estimated 15,000 Mexican miners flee the gold region. Fun Fact In 1854, 195-pound chunk of gold, the biggest ever found in California, was found at Carson Hill in Calvaras County
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