History Of The California Gold Rush

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The California Gold Rush sparked at California 's South Fork American River on Monday, January 24, 1848. A man by the name of James Marshall was working a construction crew when he saw a sparkle in the corner of his eye. Little did he know that this sparkle would bring people in from all corners of the world. This sparkle was the mineral Au on the periodic table, also known as Gold. And that was the start of the California gold rush.
Peter Burnett, a man with big dreams organized the first wagon train from Oregon to California. Emboldened by Burnett 's leadership, "one hundred and fifty stout, robust, energetic, sober men" set out south in 50 ox-drawn wagons. Packed with the necessities to survive these men were on a journey, a journey to
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