Foreign Miners

Many of the gold seekers arrived from countries other than the United States.

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During the early days of the gold rush everyone expected to become rich. No one was bothered by others finding gold. Foreigners mined along side of everyone else.

In the early 1850s as gold became more difficult to find, all that changed. United States citizens became unhappy with foreigners mining U.S. gold.

Foreigners finding gold made them angry and jealous. Foreigners such as the Chinese, Europeans, Mexicans, South Americans and even Native Americans were driven out of mining camps and forced to set up camps of their own.

Chinese Camp

(Source: Library of Congress)


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