California Gold Rush

By: Lacey

1.a. Why did John Sutter want to keep the discovery of gold a secret?

John Sutter kept the discovery of gold a secret because, he wanted the area to be his empire and did not want to attract others to the area.

b. How do you think he felt when the news leaked out?

I think he felt disappointed because, he tried hard to keep the gold a secret.

c. What effect would it have had on California if the news had remained a secret?

California would still have gold, but people would not have enough money to buy food or supplies. California would not be the richest

2. why did the California gold rush cause the crime rate to rise so high?

People were stealing gold.

3. Write a paragraph saying which route you would choose. Include the advantages and disadvantages of all the different routes to California.

I would choose to go through the Panama Canal. Even though the travelers risked malaria and cholera, it was the quickest way. The south America route is six months of sicknesses, rotten food, rancid water and boredom. Also, overland - The California trail, was a 2000 mile walk in sweltering heat with little food or water.

3. Some people made a fortune out of the gold rush. write a paragraph explaining the best ways to make money.

The best way to make money back then was probably to not mine for gold. any arrived in California hoping to strike it rich, but they quickly learned it was hard work to find gold. Most gold miners only found $10 - $15 worth of gold dust a day. Merchants quickly realized that the could get rich by selling supplies to the miners at a high cost.

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