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The Gold Rush

The Gold Rush

Author: Chelsea Brown

4.3 Students explain the economic, social, and political life in California from the
establishment of the Bear Flag Republic through the Mexican-American War, the
Gold Rush, and the granting of statehood. 

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The Gold Rush Video

The discovery of gold persuaded people to travel west. Please watch this video and as you are watching, think about what it would be like to pick up and move to an unknown area.

Please read the following passage. While you are reading please look for the authors purpose, key details, and important facts. You may take notes as you read.


Map of California

This map shows the location of Sutter's Mill and the other popular mining locations. Do you see a pattern forming on the map?

In the upcoming weeks, we will be discussing the trails settlers took to travel west. Please look at this picture and find Sutter's Fort on the map, think about the distance people had to travel to move west.