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Eldorado: The California Gold Rush
Eldorado: The California Gold Rush Dale L. Walker 0312878338 9780312878337 Gold! Gold on the American River! This declaration, shouted in the streets of San Francisco in the spring of 1848, electrified the nation, and its echo was
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Eldorado: The California Gold Rush by Dale L. Walker

Gold! Gold on the American River! This declaration, shouted in the streets of San Francisco in the spring of 1848, electrified the nation, and its echo was heard in the farthest corners of the globe. In the five years that followed, tens of thousands of hopeful argonauts made their way to the vast territory on the Pacific conquered by the United States in its recent war with Mexico. They traveled overland from the Missouri River, their ox-drawn wagons crossing the Rocky Mountains, vast plains and deserts, and the formidable peaks of the Sierra Nevada. They journeyed by boat and on foot across the fever-ridden jungles of the Isthmus of Panama. They took ship from eastern seaports and sailed sixteen thousand miles via Cape Horn to the gateway of the goldfields, the new city of San Francisco. In Eldorado, award-winning historian Dale L. Walker presents the complete, often gaudy, always fascinating story of the California Gold Rush, the greatest mining bonanza in all of American history. The story ranges from the discovery by a New Jersey carpenter at a sawmill north of Sutters Fort to the advent of large-scale hydraulic mining that spelled the ruination of the land and the end of the boom days when a Forty-niner with a pick and a pan found colors in a streamed and earned his wages-an ounce of raw gold a day. Walkers narrative of this pivotal event of American history is drawn from the lives and experiences of those on the ground in the rush, those who blazed the trails and settled the West in their search for the riches at the rainbows end.

Author: Dale L. Walker

Language: English

Edition: 1st

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 384

Publisher: Forge Books

Publication Date: 2003-01-01

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ISBN: 0312878338


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