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24/01/1848 California Gold Rush begins

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The California Gold Rush cartoon 1849 (The Wild West)

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The Start of the California Gold Rush (1849)

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Gold Fever: How The Rush Began

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The Gold Rush

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Today in California: James Marshall

The California Gold Rush began when gold was found by James W. Marshall at Sutter's Mill in Coloma, California. The news of gold brought approximately 300,000 people to California from the rest of the United States and abroad. The sudden influx of gold into the money supply reinvigorated the American economy.
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