*Why move west? (Pull Factors(Positive)
-Freedom and independence …
*Why move west?
The Gold Rush of 1849
-The discovery of gold in California in 1848 led to a huge increase in migration to the West
-Had a significant consequence for law and order, settlement, farming and for the Plains Indians
Who were the Gold Rush migrants?
-From 1849 hundreds of thousands travelled to California hoping to find gold
-Between 1836 and 46 the total number of migrants using the California Trail was 5000
-From 1849 tens of thousands used he trail in hope of finding gold in the West
-Thousands more came by ship, from all over the world to San Francisco. A famine in China led to 20,000 Chinese people migrating to California in 1852
-Most migrants did not find gold
-Professional miners with the equipment and expertise to mine underground(Most of the gold was) took over through the 1850s