Tens of thousands of men flocked from all over North America, Australia, France, Chile, China and every other country that got the word that the Sierra’s were full of gold. Now that California had a generous source of revenue, and a population bigger than Florida and Delaware, it could draw up a state constitution and petition Congress for admission.
The new ‘Californio’s’ rejected the premise of rich southern men mining California’s beautiful gold filled mountains and making a killing while they sat back and sipped on lemonade. ‘Californio’s’ decided that the man that pulled the gold from the river should be the soul proprietor of his own labor.
A group of settlers in California petitioned Congress for statehood with a constitution banning slavery. This wasn’t on moral grounds but because slavery would put California miners out of business. If it weren’t for miners’ already frowning upon slavery in the area everybody would have been bringing slaves and large slave owners would have a monopoly on the mining.
In a way, California caused and won the Civil War. Due to the Chivalry’s killing of a prominent Republican figure in a duel, the Democratic Party fell out of favor with the people of California and the Republicans won California’s electoral votes which gave Abraham Lincoln the presidency. California then sided with Abe in the Civil War and it’s gold fueled the North’s war efforts.