Even in the text, Martha states, “We were short of provisions most all the time and went hungry…,” meaning they always never had enough to help the company. Drastic differences between us now and the American Settlers back then show how life has improved over the years and gotten easier as well. Journey on the Western Expansion was long and gruesome. Compared to what society has today, American Settlers had to face many challenges that were often hard to face in the first place. As people of today, we get the means of transportation to save the time of difficult journeys and medicine to heal us from illness, but after seeing Martha’s life on the trail through the interview, her and her family’s life led to a difficult path to just getting to Oregon.
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.
Forts existed but were few and far between. With this in mind it seemed greed pushed the population forward. The arrival of the of minors out searching for fortune isn’t as expected as according to Hyde’s the pacific trade was founded to help European business men mine by organizing through Hawaii many indentured servants from Hawaii, the Philippians and Asia to come and be laborers for three years in California for gold mining in return for their passage costs to the West Coast of the United States territories. Mining in the west did produced wealth but those who actually profited in the west was the merchants. In Hyde’s description of Sutter’s business deals “his own niche in buying stolen horses from Miwoks and selling them back to their original owners for a “recovery fee””(Hyde’s 188), this proves that societies tend to be based on the existence of business.
America wanted the southern railroad line for the California Gold Rush. In 1867 the United States bought Alaska from Russia for seven million dollars. Alaska being apart of the U.S. weakened British control because the land was strategically placed. Alaska’s oil brought in a lot of money for the U.S. The growth and expansion of America in 1877 helped Americans become powerful and expand their military.
During the California Gold Rush, many hoped that the Devil’s Highway would bring them to the promise of gold and riches sooner, but this wasn’t the case for everyone. It was estimated in 1860 that more than two-thousand people had died near one of the few water sources in this area (Cahill 1). While the trail later fell out of use due to the invention of the
After the Civil War ended many people were in hope of finding land since population was increasing. Since the West was underdeveloped and uncivilized, many decided to expand the land. First the Louisiana Purchase increased the opportunity of expansion.Then industrialization and the Homestead Act also caused many companies encouraged to move West due to the low cost of land and that the transportation was provided through the railroads. In order to complete such goals, something had to be done with the Natives since it conflicted with their home area. Before the 1860’s the native americans were living in peace until the Colonists attacked.
This helped them transport the goods that found and it also helped to transport the miners there. The big one that happened during the old west is the California Gold Rush. Other places they discovered gold was in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, and some in Canadian Klondike.1 The railroads brought good things to the old west, but when they were building the tracks for it, they had many difficulties and hard times. During the making of the transcontinental railroad, which was the first railroad ever built, they had many difficulties that it took them around 5 years to finish it. Everything came by sea and there was a civil war going on during the first part of the construction of the railroad.
In my opinion and based on readings I think that the western frontier fostered values of American democracy and individualism. Moving west allowed settlers and even immigrants the opportunity to make a new life for them and their families. The “Gold Rush” and mining for other precious metals such as silver, copper, lead and iron brought many people west to explore and find riches. Many cities such as Virginia City, Nevada were industrialized and colonized by those who wanted to find riches in those precious metals. Many of these settlers were immigrants, it is noted that the Utah Territory, that eventually became known as Nevada, had about 30 percent of people settling that were from outside the United States, compared to 25 percent in New
In the midst of the 1800s, as individuals traveled to California in search of a fortune because of the Gold Rush and with the country teetered on the brink of war, three certain businessmen, William H. Russell, William B. Waddell, and Alexander Majors, saw an opportunity that would help them and also for the people. They thought of a way that could keep the West and the East to at least stay in contact between all the mist of the rumor of war. Their idea was some way for better and a faster way to have communication between the west and the east. by land. They found out how they could do this by the thought of the Pony Express.
The California Gold Rush and its Impact In the year of 1848, gold was found by a group of people digging in the northern part of California. This group of laborers was digging a millrace, which is the channel which carries the swift current of water that drives a mill wheel, for a man with the name of John Sutter. Although most people think about the Gold Rush as a time where gold was discovered in California, the Gold Rush made more of an impact to the future of the country than people think. There are many other reasons besides gold that make the Gold Rush an important event in American history. The first of many reasons detailing on why the California Gold Rush was important is the fact that it brought many Americans to migrate west.
A group of emigrants trying to travel to california but instead went through trail’s that took them right into a chain of mistakes with a tragic story. In the year 1846, 90 emigrants moved west for the expansion to move westward, leaving springfield illinois. Leaders Jacob and George Donner guided the group to a “shorter route” to california. 2,500 mile expedition the founder of this expedition was a man named james James Frazier Reed a business man wishing to move westward to make a wealth in the richland of california. Reed before had read a book called The Emigrants’ Guide to Oregon and California, by Lansford W. Hastings, the book were full of shorter tracks crossing the Great Basin without the route being tested out first they just went for it.
The Sutter’s Mill discovery was not the 1st cited discovery of gold in American history.However, it influenced the terminology known as “gold fever” on an international level; because of many citizens across the globe saw on newspapers that gold was almost visible to see and had a fifty percent to find the popular golden nuggets. An intense amount of cultural and social changes occurred throughout the 1830’s and 1840’s owing that fact of the gold fever affecting the transition of immigrants towards the new land of hope. Penny press articles promoted the sizeable amount of these immigrants or locals in trying to find the golden nuggets. (Shmoop,2015) These articles were often a cheap, tabloid of the real newspapers produced in steam-powered machines
Many countries now produced and exported crude oil. People migrated from smaller towns to live and work in larger cities. Some built suburbs to avoid overcrowded cities. The increase in demand for more natural resources polluted the air. In the new world, one chronicler expressed at the first sight of America, that, The Air at twelve leagues’ distance smelt as sweet as a new-born garden” (let.rug.nl).
Gold Miners During the Industrial Revolution “The Mining Boom” “Bonanza!” was yelled when a large amount of valuable gold or silver was found. Gold was mostly found in California and Colorado around 1859 during the Industrial Revolution. The Industrial Revolution was the transition to new manufacturing processes. This new deposit of gold and silver was found throughout the west about 10 years after the California Gold Rush. Colorado found a good amount of gold and silver at Pikes Peak in 1859.