Manifest Destiny Far West

trey johnson, brittany bryson, cadyn schrank

The Klondike Gold Rush

  • the Klondike gold rush was a migration of over 100,000 gold prospectors on a mission to find gold in the Klondike region of the Yukon between 1896-1899
  • some gold was found in early 1896 and once news hit san fransisco there was a mad dash for gold in the Klondike.
  • only a few became wealthy
  • once gold was found in Nome Alaska everyone left hastily leaving the Klondike behind
  • prospectors hiked the cold mountainous terrain and didn't get to the Klondike until around 1898
  • in 2 years the population of dawson city went from 500 to 30,000
  • in northwestern Canada
  • George Carmack was the first to discover the gold
  • found in bonanza creek
  • within a few months the creek was full of miners
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farming the plains

the united states congress passes homestead act

opened the great plains

settlers got 160 acres

but only if they lived there for over 5 years

between 1862 and 1900 80 million acres was settled

the people were known as homesteaders

plowing and sewing became very hard work

new machinery became invented

John Deeres sodbust

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