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Effects of the Gold Rush

Recovering the Gold Panning – There were different methods used during the Gold Rush to remove the metal. Early miners were able to pan for gold, because it was abundant and easily found, using either a pan or their hands to extract the pieces from riverbeds or streams. Placer Mining – Miners were able to… Continue reading Effects of the Gold Rush

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The American Gold Rush – California’s 19th Century Success

On January 24, 1848 James W. Marshall stumbled upon a yellow metal while building a lumber mill for pioneer John Sutter, in Coloma, California. Together they tested the metal and discovered that it was gold. Even though Sutter wanted to keep the news a secret it quickly spread and prospectors began flocking in. By spring,… Continue reading The American Gold Rush – California’s 19th Century Success

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The Great Plains

The Great Plains, also called ‘The Plains,’ is the flatland which extends from west of the Mississippi River to east of the Rocky Mountains. The expanse is covered in prairie, grassland and steppe, and has a height of 600-1200 feet in the east, and between 4000 and 6000 feet near the mountains. The Great Plains… Continue reading The Great Plains

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Jedediah Smith

Jedediah Strong Smith was an American hero whose memory is treasured by the American people. He was born on 6th January 1799, in New York. He was known as an explorer and trader who loved to explore different parts of the US territory. He was the first-ever American to enter the state which is now… Continue reading Jedediah Smith

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Zachary Taylor

Zachary Taylor is a respected man within the United States of America and was their 12th president. He was born on the 24th of November in 1784, in Virginia and he died on the 9th of July in 1850. His final resting place is in Washington DC. Taylor was elected on the basis of his… Continue reading Zachary Taylor