The California Gold Rush cartoon 1849 (The Wild West)

The California Gold Rush cartoon 1849 (The Wild West)

The California Gold Rush Gold was first discovered in California by James W. Marshall at Sutter’s Mill near the city of Coloma, California. The story goes back to 1848. James was building a sawmill for John Sutter… …when he saw something shining in the river. They both tested the metal– it was gold. Soon, the word got out; it was no longer a secret. Not many Americans lived in California, but that soon changed. By 1849, thousands upon thousands of people arrived in search of gold. The journey to California was dangerous. Some would go by sea from the east coast… …or on land along the California Trail. These people would become known as the 49ers. One way to find gold was to pan for it. Miners would sink the pan into the water and shake the dirt away to reveal any gold. Miners needed a lot of equipment, including a mining pan, a shovel, a pick, and food supplies. Businesses who sold this equipment to the miners often became richer than the miners could ever be themselves. Wherever gold or silver was discovered, miners would move in and set up camp. These would often grow into boom towns, which would become deserted once all the gold opportunities had dried up. So, was the gold rush worth it? Some became wealthy, but most returned home empty-handed. Subscribe to see more fun history videos. Get Simple History: The Wild West today.


  1. Thank you for doing this video, because John August Sutter is my great great great grandfather and have learned that history for a long time. Sorry I just saw this video lol

  2. a lot of miners were victims of murderers or animals… a miner would do anything to get his hands on gold

  3. I have actually put my hand in the water of the tailrace where that first piece of gold came out. Sutter's Mill is on The American River in the northern california Sierra mountains.

  4. Many were never heard of again, as they were murdered by their colleagues, for their gold, some were thrown over board & drowned, it was unsafe, my Granduncle Andrew was one of these unfortunate men,who returned to Ireland many times, had made some money ,then no more letters & no trace found…he was never heard from again & broke his parents & siblings hearts, may he RIP x

  5. Right off the bat, I have to correct the beginning of this video. It was actually a Mexican who first discovered gold in California and later reported it to his white employer.

  6. Might as well just go around the whole world to the west coast if you are willing to travel on a ship around South America from the east to west coast

  7. I think I may have had a past life as a prospector in The California Gold Rush. No actual memories, rather just knowing I was a prospector in a previous life.

  8. The Chinese immigrants came by the thousands and they hid the gold they obtained by melting it down into utensils, etc and covering them in dirt and soot.
    The numbers that came to take advantage of the opportunity became so high the US
    passed a law to restrict their immigration with the Chinese Exclusion Act

  9. What he doesn't tell you is that, after the miners went home, the corporations bought the lands and used heavy duty equipment to uncover the gold that was hidden deep beneath the grounds.

  10. The people that found the gold where not happy about it cuz they where worried about people coming in ruining what they where working on

  11. Johann August Suter was also a thief, liar and a bankrupt debtor who escaped the swiss law by buying a fake id in paris and escaping in the netherlands.
    He had built up a country of his own called new helvetia. From there one of his men discovered the gold

  12. That guy in the thumbnail looked like he was 100 years old and i will be 16 in December 23!

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