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The California Gold Rush and How It Changed the Economy!

The California Gold Rush and How It Changed the Economy!

Author: Kassandra Gutierrez

4th grade History/ Social Science Standard

4.4  Students explain how California became an agricultural and industrial power, tracing the transformation of the California economy and its political and cul­tural development since the 1850s.

  • Explain how the Gold Rush transformed the economy of California, including the types of products produced and consumed, changes in towns (e.g., Sacramento, San Francisco), and economic conflicts between diverse groups of people.
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California Gold Rush

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What was the California Gold Rush?

Gold Rush Routes

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