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It lasted just a decade but the California gold rush was a gigantic adventure for a generation of fragile young men most of them citizens of a fragile young nation They took their name the forty-niners from the year that the gold rush began In 1849 the East was dazzled by the news that across the continent on land that was just given to the US by Mexico golden nuggets were lying around loose on the ground Abandoning farms and apprenticeships deserting their families the forty-niners swarmed West by the thousands In California they heard that a man could make a fortune by simply digging in hills with just a little more equipment than a shovel a tin pan and a wooden box like thing called a cradle If the man did not get rich from digging who cared For most of the forty-niners the adventure alone was enough treasure to last a lifetime1 The gold rush all started in 1848 when James W Marshall found gold nuggets at Sutters Mill He rushed down to the nearest town and yelled that he had found gold People from the near shanty towns rushed to El Derado to claim their fortune from Sutters Mill By 1949 President Polk released this information to the rest of the country People from all over the continent came to California in search for money Most of the people that came to California for gold did not get what they were looking for Most of the Argonauts forty-niners died on the way to California It was a long hard journey to California Many people left their own family on the Oregon Trail to go get their fortune from California This caused many wives and their children to die A typical day for the forty-niners was not very fun There was a lot of work and people would fight a lot for other peoples tools A lot of
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