The Gold Rush of 1849

by Nathan Calva

The Gold Rush of 1849

"The Discovery of Gold Nuggets in the Sacraminto Valley in early 1848 sparked the Gold Rush, arguably one of the most significant events to shape american history during the first half of the 19th century"

The gold rush lead to a 100% in crease in the non-native population of Califorina in less than two years.

The California Gold Rush

"The most common tool in gold minning was the wash pan"

Because gold pans were inexpanpive and could be easily used by one person.

The Gold Rush's Impnet on California's Landscape

" In 1900 a single farmeer made $800,000 on his wheat crop. That decade the value of the state's agriculture production exceeded the value of it's miners. On January, 7 1845, state court judge Lorenzo Sawyer finnally ruled in favor of farmers, bringing an offical end to hydraulic minning."

It was important for two reasons: because California relized that agriculture was more imporant than minning and it brought an end to hydrulic minning.

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California Gold Rush of 1849