The California Gold Rush
The Gold Rush was when prospectors were mining and panning for gold. There was so many prospectors looking for gold and hoping to strike it rich. They were mining, digging, and panning for gold. There was a lot of fighting over what they had found and so many people lost everything they had, including money. Prospectors came to California in many different ways like by land, sea, or a combination of both.
The Gold Rush
Things They did During the Gold Rush
The prospectors, after they were done finding gold, were called forty-ninners. They used the expression “seeing the elephant” which either meant they would come upon a good experience or bad experience. Very few of the prospectors mining there struck it rich. Most of them left with nothing, not even money. Some of them died because of selfish people who killed others for the gold the person had found. It was a hard life for people who left with nothing. The people who had struck it rich went home and were able to take care their entire family for a very long time. Some of those people were smart and didn't sell it for money, instead they put it in cases and kept it in safe places for display.
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