The Gold Rush Forty-Niners: History & Definition


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In 1849, approximately 80,000 Americans migrated to California because of the:

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1. Which of the following presidents publicly confirmed the discovery of gold in California, perhaps encouraging the 'rush' to the West?

2. Who discovered gold in the Sacramento Valley in 1848 and set off the Gold Rush?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The discovery of gold in the West caused a national migration and an economic boom that this quiz and worksheet will help you explore. Learn about the events surrounding the gold rush and recall the details of the people and places of this transformative event.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • 19th century migration to California
  • Gold discovery in the Sacramento Valley
  • Mining settlements
  • The role of women during the gold rush

Skills Practiced

You will assess your skills using these resources in:

  • Identify key figures - ensure that you can accurately recognize the influence of significant individuals, such as James Marshall and James K. Polk
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about mining settlements from the related Gold Rush Forty-Niners lesson
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the discovery of gold

Additional Learning

Be sure that you know the important details by reviewing the associated lesson on The Gold Rush Forty-Niners. This lesson will focus on these objectives:

  • Understand the impact of the migration to California
  • Know about the influence of President Polk on the gold rush
  • Discover how women lived in mining settlements
  • Know the timeline of events surrounding the gold rush