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The Gold Rush

The Gold Rush

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History Content Standards for California

2. 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.

3. Analyze the effects of the Gold Rush on settlements, daily life, politics, and the physical environment (e.g., using biographies of John Sutter, Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, Louise Clapp)

The Start of the California Gold Rush

Watch this video for an introduction to the California Gold Rush!

The Gold Rush of 1849 - The History Channel

View this website (  to explore the following topics regarding the Gold Rush: 

1. The Discovery at Sutter's Mill
2. The Spread of the News
3. The '49ers Come to California
4. The Lasting Impact of California

The Gold Rush - PBS

Read about People and Events during the Gold Rush on this website!


The "BIG" Question...

How did the Gold Rush lead to the creation of California?