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The gold rush of the 1850s symbolized Americas quest towards westward movement challenges of life on the frontier and the impact it had on Californias growth As a result the gold rush strongly influenced the shaping of American History Many people that had heard of the gold rush in the 1850s moved right out there as fast as they could to get their hands on that gold Once the people got out there they wouldnt return back to the east As a result the gold rush strongly influenced the shaping of American HistoryJames W Marshalls finding of gold on January 24 1848 led to the expansion of the West Coast and the beginning of a new state California Marshall discovered gold in a mill on the south fork of the American River and seeing that it was John A Stutters mill he wanted the gold kept quiet and the press kept out of it for a while but by March it was revealed By May the rush had started and men who headed for the streams flowing westward from the Sierra Nevada depopulated San Francisco Monterey San Jose and other California communities By the time summer was there Californians joined by few men from Hawaii and Oregon were already in search for the gold without competition from the gold seekers who would soon descend on the gold country By the time August came around the news had already hit the East when the New York Herald published a report In December of that same year President James K Polk notified Congress of the gold discovery and the whole world realized that this was true Gold fever broke out in the United States thousands made arrangements to go the California in the spring Some small gold seekers went west and planned to do the job on their own Being able to share expenses labor and profits between just a small group of people benefited these workers
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