In January of 1848, a carpenter in California made a discovery that changed the history of North America, 2 cold nuggets. Shortly after people flocked towards California with the hopes of gaining big and forever changing their lives. The U.S. quickly made California into a state and benefited greatly from it. The California Gold Rush greatly enhanced the U.S. economy and greatly changed our country. However, if the California gold rush happened just 20 years earlier it would have been detrimental to the U.S. economy, and all of North America would not be the same.
This war also helped to poison the atmosphere between Europe's great powers. Britain also found that most countries sympathized with the Boers and were mad at Britain.Studies later showed (around 1980) that the war affected a lot of black males. They lost their jobs or they got shut down (like gold mines) because of the war. Alos, nearly 100,000 lives were lost. That’s must affect a lot of
The California Gold Rush of 1848 brought gold-seekers from the eastern United States and Chinese immigrants from abroad to the California frontier, a move that established San Francisco as the west coast urban center of commerce and trade. The conclusion of the Civil War and the abolition of slavery left a void in the Southern states’ economy as southerners struggled to keep up with the demands of their formerly slave-worked plantations. As San Francisco was making strides mimicking American imperialism over its surrounding land and resources, slavery was not an economic commodity that previously existed in the west. The population of Chinese immigrants had been rising well before the influx of people traveling west in search for gold also. The introduction of 13th Amendment had forced whites to morally equalize human rights to apply to blacks, which had never been of equal status before.
To add on, The History Cat says, “The trek through the great plains was monotonous and dangerous… The biggest killers were starvation and dysentery from drinking polluted water.” Clearly, when mining in the Gold Rush times, it’s difficult to find food down in those caves, and the water was polluted. During the Gold Rush period, we weren’t as advanced as we are now, for we had to go search for gold, and we didn’t have better ways of finding clean water. Secondly, challenges being faced will be financial problems during the California Gold Rush (for miners.) Barbara Maranzani says that during the California Gold rush, silly enough, the merchants made more money than the miners. Merchants were the ones that made the equipment for mining, which mingers desperately bought because they’re the ones on the search for gold.
Manifest Destiny affected the American Indians by spreading foreign diseases to them as they moved Westward, through the Native American territory. According to an Oregon population graph which showed the population of Native Americans and non-Indians, the Native American population dropped drastically between the years 1805 and 1841, while the non-Indian population increased greatly between the years 1841 and 1870. The vast amount of Americans moving Westward resulted in many Native Americans dying. An extensive part of Native American deaths were a result of the new diseases that Americans brought while traveling through American Indian territory. Due to the fact that many of the Native Americans had never experienced these
This furthered the means for economic issues between the white miners and chines immigrants and causes a massacre. The Rock Springs massacre happened on September 2, 1885, in Rock Springs, Wyoming. 28 Chinese miners were killed in the massacre and 15 were injured. White rioters burned down 75 Chinese homes and caused approximately $150,000 US dollars in property damage
Of course they were not going to let the Native Americans have all the gold for themselves. So, the Americans invaded Little Bighorn Valley, a Native American territory, and started the Battle of Little Bighorn. (Article 3) Luckily, it was three thousand Native Americans versus two hundred Americans, causing the Native Americans to win and keep their land. (Staff) Just three months later, United States offered six million dollars for the Black Hills. The Native Americans declined several times, making the Americans furious.
Upon returning, he decided to make a Tribute System. This would mean that when native brought Columbus enough gold, he would in return give them a necklace that would give them immunity for a couple of months. By creating this system, Christopher got the gold he was looking for. So, although he did expand the wealth and riches of the world, he also created many crimes. Christopher Columbus was a mass murderer and slave owner, who
The Spanish’s interest in wealth inspired Columbus’s expedition in the first place, as he was sent to India to trade for spices. Columbus reportedly traded pieces of his ship for gold, and was given a golden mask by a native chief. He later said in court (believing he had reached India) “There are many spices, and great mines of gold and other metals…”. After learning of the untapped natural resources and potential for wealth, European nations created an exploration frenzy, with constant voyages to the new world. The nations which sponsored these expeditions would give the explorers a cut of all the gold they found, which helped motivate conquistadors to make the long and treacherous journey to the New World.
The negative effects were mostly the destruction of the empire; after three months of conflict Cortez had finally defeated the capital city of the Aztec Empire, Tenochtitlan (Tucker). Cuauhtémoc, the emperor, was taken captive and later that year he was executed, and Cortez became the ruler of the vast empire (Tucker). The Aztecs were highly vulnerable to European diseases unknown to their nation, such as smallpox and typhus; in 1521, smallpox annihilated the population of Tenochtitlan, two following epidemics wiped out 75 percent of the remaining population (Tucker). The surviving Aztecs were not allowed to learn of their native culture and were enforced to read and write in Spanish, unfortunately a wide range of the Aztec religion and culture were lost forever (Tucker). Some positive aspects were that the Spanish helped ‘modernize’ the civilization, they introduced them to domestic animals, sugar, grains and even European farming practices (Tucker).
On September 24 the premium on a gold Double Eagle (representing 0.9675 troy ounces (30.09 g) of gold bullion at $20) was 30 percent higher than when Grant took office. But when the government gold hit the market, the premium plummeted within minutes. Investors scrambled to sell their holdings, and many of them, including Corbin, were ruined. Fisk and Gould escaped significant
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
During this time California’s population grew extremely fast do to the gold rush. Millard Fillmore became the accidental president he said he was going to change Taylor’s policy because he was all wrong about the compromise of 1850 because he believed that abolition would lead to a collapse of the southern economy he also believed that slavery was protected by the constitution.
San Francisco’s economy boomed and became the center of the new frontier. The gold largely disappeared in 1850, even though miners were still arriving. Mining was not only difficult, but dangerous labor, and required as much luck as skill and hard work. The average take home for an independent miner was now much less than what it was a year before. In 1853, the invention of hydraulic mining brought enormous profits, but destroyed landscapes, and changed independent miners into wage
The Atlantic World would forevermore be altered. Although the Columbian Exchange supplied Spain with limitless wealth in the silver industry, the presences of both the Europeans and the Africans caused a wide-spread outbreak of diseases across the Atlantic World. Because the Native Americans had no immunities to deadly diseases such as small pox, these epidemics spread at an alarming rate. Entire towns perished without anyone left to bury the deceased.