California state library california as we saw it exploring the california gold rush online exhibit map of north america during the california gold rush at omniatlascom lewis b rush diary diary of a gold rush miner mss sc 161 at l tom perry special collections harold b lee library brigham young university. Women in the california gold rush which began in northern california in 1848 initially included spanish descendants or californios who already lived in california native american women and rapidly arriving immigrant women from all over the worldat first the numbers of immigrant women were scarce but they contributed to their community nonetheless. California gold rush summary the california gold rush was the largest mass migration in american history since it brought about 300000 people to california it all started on january 24 1848 when james w marshall found gold on his piece of land at sutters mill in coloma. Multiple laws created in california during the gold rush illustrate the poor treatment of californios as well for example the foreign miners tax law was introduced in 1850 this was a new law imposed by california that stated foreigners were required to pay twenty dollars a month if they wanted to mine
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