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  1. 1. The Gold Rush of 1849 Finding your way to California
  2. 2. Origins of the Gold Rush <ul><li>Westward Expansion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark of the United States Army were commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson in 1804 to explore the possible expansion of US territory to the west. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Corps of Discovery (as the expedition was called) lasted from 1804-1806. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This journey gave the US Government a deep understanding of the geography of the territory. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It also promoted commerce in this region, prompting many to decide to move across the country. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Striking Gold! <ul><li>Forty-Two Years after Lewis and Clark’s expedition concluded gold was struck in Northern California </li></ul><ul><li>January 24, 1848 - James Marshall strikes gold while mining </li></ul><ul><li>The land was owned by Captain John Sutter and was near San Francisco </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Rush is On! <ul><li>Northern California becomes the place to be in 1849. </li></ul><ul><li>Thousands travel west with “Gold Fever” to reach the region in hopes of striking it rich! </li></ul><ul><li>These people were known as “49ers” because they picked up everything and moved west in 1849. </li></ul>
  5. 5. How do I get to California? <ul><li>Three main routes taken during Gold Rush in 1849-1850 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Overland Route </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Groups left from Midwest and traveled across the Plains </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Water Route </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Groups left from Eastern port cities (Boston, New York, and Philadelphia and traveled around South America </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Water and Land Route </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Groups left from Eastern port cities for the East Coast of Panama and left from the West Coast of Panama in a different boat for California </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Choosing your way: Overland <ul><li>Traveled by Covered Wagon in groups called “Wagon Trains” </li></ul><ul><li>Approximately 40,000 people chose this route from 1849-1850 </li></ul><ul><li>Travelers had to cross over rivers, mountains, prairies, and deserts </li></ul>
  7. 7. Choosing your way: Water Route <ul><li>Large Clipper Ships were form of transportation used to travel around South America </li></ul><ul><li>Stopped in Brazil and Chile to gather supplies and refuel </li></ul><ul><li>More than 15,000 people chose this route to travel to California </li></ul>
  8. 8. Choosing your way: Water and Land Route <ul><li>Large ships traveled from northeast to the Isthmus of Panama in the Gulf of Mexico </li></ul><ul><li>Travelers then made their way sixty miles through the jungle California </li></ul><ul><li>Panama City was the port for the second ship to California </li></ul>
  9. 9. Which Route is the Best? Overland Route Water Routes
  10. 10. You Decide! <ul><li>Use this Webquest to find out more information about each option and choose which is the best route for Striking it Rich in California! </li></ul><ul><li>Use your knowledge of the three routes and write a persuasive letter that supports your choice </li></ul><ul><li>The Webquest will further outline both the task and the final project </li></ul>