The Environmental Impact of the California Gold Rush
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This paper examines, from a historiographic perspective, the current state of historical scholarship on the matter of environmental degradation and devastation as a result of the California Gold Rush in the mid to late nineteenth century. The paper reveals that the literature on the subject is remarkably consistent. Historical analysis almost uniformly brands the Gold Rush as supremely destructive to the environment.
From the Paper:"The history of the California Gold Rush is well-documented. What is less clear is the historical study of the lasting environmental impacts that the Gold Rush had on the California region. To be sure, the environmental impact of the Gold Rush would have been severe, if only taken in the context of the incredible demographic changes that took place in the early to mid nineteenth century. With that many people uprooting from eastern locales and making the trek west to make their fortune at the edge of the American frontier, the environment would have been hard-pressed to absorb..."
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The Environmental Impact of the California Gold Rush (2006, December 01) Retrieved December 09, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/the-environmental-impact-of-the-california-gold-rush-131379/
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