The gold rush was
very beneficial for California, despite the fact that it destroyed the
environment, it caused California to skip being a territory and
immediately become a state. California's gold rush had attracted many
people dreaming of wealth. Mining towns soon had permanent
housing, and soon, they became whole cities. The populations rose so
much, that California had to skip being a territory. After the
constitution was written, it was accepted and California became a
state. Without it, our state probably wouldn't have even become a
state. Before the gold rush, the populations in California were tiny.
It was 2000 non-natives, then to 15,000 non-natives in 1849! Hydraulic
mining ruined nature. It tore into mountains and hills, creating a huge
impact on the environment. Rivers overflowed because sediments were
piling up at the bottom, and the water level rose causing the
rivers to flood. The sediments had tumbled down the mountain from the
hydraulic blast and into the rivers. Many plants growing on mountains
died, and the animals that lived in them died too. The blast of water
left permanent scars on the mountains. They had holes in them and small
pieces of land were separated from the mountain. California's gold rush
was very beneficial for itself, but the impact it had on the
environment was horrible.
Was The Gold Rush Good or Bad?
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