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The California Gold Rush

Before the gold rush started in California, there were always suspicions that the region could have mineral wealth just like the rest of Mexico. The Spanish had already occupied California at the end of the 18th century; but this occupation was entirely for strategic reasons as they sought to exploit mineral wealth in the New World. A cowboy by the name Francisco Lopez had in 1842 brought gold nuggets with him and presented them to Mexican authorities in Los Angeles (Monroe 2002), generating interest in the prospect of striking large deposits of the precious metal in the area. When the governor of California, Juan Bautista Alvarado, sent samples of gold mined from the Placerita canyon requesting the government to send…