Gold Discovery at Sutter's Mill Essay by MattL

Gold Discovery at Sutter's Mill
An analysis of the effects of the gold discovery at Sutter's mill on Californian society.
# 17149 | 2,662 words | 9 sources | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Jan 22, 2003 in History (U.S. Impending Crisis, 1848-1860)

$19.95 Buy and instantly download this paper now


This paper discusses the discovery of gold at Sutter's mill in 1848 and outlines the many changes it brought to the west. The paper details how the discovery of gold brought a socially libertarian society to California. The paper describes what the West was like before the gold rush, and examines the various changes which occurred thereafter. The writer provides opinions and views of various authors and historians on this topic.

From the Paper:

"Though the two attempted to keep the discovery of the gold a secret, the word eventually spread from east, to west, to all over the globe. California's society would never be the same again. Prior to the discovery of gold at Sutter's mill, in January of 1848, most Americans considered the west a faraway land. It was populated by few, and almost no one wanted to change that. Frontiersman, trappers, and religious refugees populated it. For the most part, only the extroverted, adventurous types went west."

Cite this Essay:

APA Format

Gold Discovery at Sutter's Mill (2003, January 22) Retrieved July 06, 2022, from

MLA Format

"Gold Discovery at Sutter's Mill" 22 January 2003. Web. 06 July. 2022. <>