Early California (Gold rush times)

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Soon word spread about our good fortune, and boy did it spread fast. I had never seen so many people coming to California before! They all wanted what I had accidentally found and they got to looking for it pretty fast. Gold mines where everywhere, and gold miners soon took over the state. They weren't calm people either. Fights broke out often and sometimes, but not rarely they resulted in murder. The gold mine camps were not policed and they were very unsafe. The native people started catching the diseases of the new people and were often killed by the new people before they left the land. Shortly after this big rush, all the gold had run out. People wanted to go back home, but they no longer had the money. This however, was great for the U.S because California now had very many citizens and was able to become a good strong state.

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I would advise that all future people who going into mining or natural resource fields; work for the knowledge and improvement of the field, and not just for the riches. All the people coming to California for the gold rush did benefit the economy long term, but because they wanted money and not research we ran out of gold too quickly.

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Moving on...

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Lewis and Clark Move west, like the forty-niners

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(wikki commons)

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Lewis and Clark also were great explorers, but they didn't look for gold. They came to explore the Americas new territory, as requested by Thomas Jefferson. Lewis and Clark faced many dangers or con's such as dealing with natives or new people, new terrain, and unknown land but the pros still far outweighed the cons. Lewis and Clark had a lot to worry about, but with their crew to help them and the discovery of Sacajawea along the way the journey was just worth the struggle. Sacajawea helped Lewis, Clark, and the crew communicate with the natives and hopefully from alliance, but that didn't always work. Along the way Lewis and Clark learned about hundreds or new plants, animals, and paths. The food was scarce, the weather was rainy or cold, the terrain was difficult, but they still found the Pacific although missing the northwest passage because it doesn't exist. The Lewis and Clark expedition helped form alliance with some natives and also brought a new map which helped other Americans navigate and live on the land. If Lewis and Clark were around today I think they would say that if something is difficult, don't lose your patience, because difficulty means it's worth working for.