With already existing hostility towards the Chinese, the increasing encounters with Chinese laborers only strengthened the cause of the anti-Chinese movement among the unemployed white laborers. In 1877, when the financial market crashed, many people lost their life savings and were left either heavily in debt or impoverished. Thousands of unemployed men roamed the city competing for the little work that existed. Among those men was Denis Kearney. He had heavily invested in mining stocks and lost everything in the market crash.
I. The California Gold Rush is one of the most known gold rushes in the U.S. The phenomenon was started by James Marshall when he found gold in the American River and he said “My heart thumped for I knew it was gold.” Because of his findings the California Gold Rush was born in 1848, then died seven years later in 1855. During these seven years California accumulated over 300,000 people that left their homes to mine for gold.
People like foreigners and women were presented with challenges on their journey. In fact, in 1882 the campaign to restrict immigration created the federal Chinese Exclusion Act, which stopped the Chinese from migrating for 10 years. This prevented the Chinese from achieving the American Dream for that time period. Also, the government placed a tax on immigrant mining, charging them $500 a month, in this time (Maranzani). Women also had a difficult time during the Gold Rush.
The young and armed male population used to drink at more than forty hundred bars and gamble at more than one thousand dens. Gambling halls earned hundreds of thousands of gold in an average day. There were six big fires in San Francisco within eighteen months with losses of twenty-five million dollars and hundreds of lives. However, after each disaster, the city rose once more, bigger and
In Doc #6, the process to obtain the silver in Spain is to evacuate it from a very rich black flint. It takes thousands of workers and it is a very strenuous process. Spanish records show that millions of silver coins have been taken out. In Doc #7, Chinese merchants trade with Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean in order to obtain the goods they need in return for what they have. The Chinese merchants have found that when they trade with the Philippines they only return with silver coins.
In almost every nation, the development of a railway created a connection throughout the country that was previously unmatched by any other form of transportation. In Canada, this evolution of the railroad was constructed on the backs of tens of thousands of Chinese immigrants. Specifically during the building of the Trans-Canada railway, over 15,000 chinese workers worked tirelessly to lay over 500 kilometers of track from 1881-1885. The dangerous nature of this work incurred the deaths of over 4000 of those workers; those who survived were left with only a meager amount of money as they received half of what their Canadian counterparts were paid. Although this railway came at a high toll, it transformed the face of Canadian transportation
To get to the East, Samuel Brannan had to get on a wagon with around 2,000 newspapers on it and then distribute them to people that lived in the East. Certain newspapers caused very low trust, for example, the gold rush because people did not believe that there were thousands of pounds of gold just sitting in a river, unexpectedly. After many people traveled to Sutter’s Mill trying to find gold, the word continued to spread that the rumor was correct. Finally, the California gold rush began because there was a lot of gold to be found by the people that migrated to California.
The US had sent 100,000 soldiers to fight and over 3,000 people died during the war. The fact that the US spent millions of USD was outrageous because they were already in a state of economic depression due to the Stock Market Crash of 1902. The US was so greedy for power that even after the success of winning The Spanish American War of 1898 and gaining allies overseas. It still wasn’t enough, they still wanted more power and because of this, they decided to annex the Philippines. Annexing the Philippines lead the US to financially unstable and thousands of deaths, which is why the US should not have annexed the
Gold Rush Nuggets’ edition “5 Little-Known Facts about the California Gold Rush” also claims, “[the] population of 150,000 Indians dramatically dropped to just 30,000, with only 20% of the original population staying intact.” Clearly, the gold rush’s idea of Manifest Destiny and everyone being entitled to their “claimed land” left negative impacts on Native Americans and essentially wiped out most tribes. While the idea of Manifest Destiny during the gold rush did lead to exploration and immigration, it also lead to environmental issues and the termination of several Native American
Gold mining had reached its peak by 1852. More than $80 million in gold had been pulled from mines (Encyclopedia.com, 2015). Even though the gold rush was not profitable for all who came to California, the gold rush reshaped the demographics of California because people from Asia and other parts of the world traveled to California and the population rose. In 1848, James Marshall discovered gold while constructing a mill for John Sutter (Encyclopedia.com, 2015).
Many people said he thought of himself as a merchant, rather than a digger because he bought over 800 pounds of tobacco and spirits. The Eureka stockade came about when the gold diggers or workers, didn’t agree with the licences that the government endorsed. The diggers noticed the miners’ licences were there to tax them, as the fees had to be paid whether gold was found or not. It was not fair to diggers that weren’t successful.
Those people moved to the city, where yet again they found themselves out of employment due to the Industrial Revolution making things more efficient. With no other method to support themselves, the farmers turned to crime to make a living. Although there were over 200 crimes that were punishable by death, including impersonating an Egyptian (Convict Creations N.A, N.D), many of those were not carried out, instead the criminals being banished to America. As a result of this, when the British lost the U.S. as a dumping ground for malefactors, the prisons began overflowing, and eventually even the hulks, a decommissioned war ship began running out of space. When the British were in desperate need of a colony where it could send its prisoners, Captain Cook found fertile land and foreign plants on the east coast of Terra Australis Incognito in 1770 (ADB N.A, 1966).
How did European imperialism fundamentally alter East and Southeast Asian civilizations? European imperialism fundamentally altered civilization in China in various ways. To start, European imperialism started when Qianlong became the ruler of China. During his rule, Qianlong began to fall under the influence of destruction elements at court. There were corrupt officials and higher taxes which led to the big fall out and the Europeans conquering.