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California and the 1849 Gold Rush

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California and the 1849 Gold Rush

The idea that the United States was destined to possess the “whole of the continent” took root in Euro-American culture during the first half of the 19th century, and by the end of the century, the land and its inhabitants had undergone a striking transformation. Due to the discovery of gold in 1848, few areas of the continent were as transformed as the area we now call California. Created by Renee Keul, Cartographic Outreach Coordinator, Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, University of Southern Maine