What made the California Gold Rush such a significant time in early American history?
It made a few people wealthy. It opened up the west to settlers and sped up the creation of communities. It brought a flood of Chinese immigrants to work on the railroads. It drove Native Americans from their ancestral lands.
"The California Gold Rush was sparked by the discovery of gold nuggets in the Sacramento Valley in early 1848 and was arguably one of the most significant events to shape American history during the first half of the 19th century." - www.history.com Please note that this was cited from www.history.com
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