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#America - Facts vs Fiction - Fool's Gold - #AmericanHeroesChannel

America: Facts vs Fiction - Fool's Gold (Season 2 Episode 1)

The real facts behind America's biggest economic boom and biggest bust will shock you. On this episode of America: Facts vs. Fiction, discover a treasure of nuggets about the California gold rush and the Stock Market Crash of 1929.

  • North Carolina experienced the first gold rush in the U.S. (in 1799)
  • Georgia experienced the second gold rush in the U.S. (in 1828)
  • The California Gold Rush was actually the third god rush in the U.S. (1849), but two things made it so memorable and lasting: the gold was found on Federal land (making it available to any one to mine) and the amount of gold was massive
  • Interestingly, the biggest danger was Disease (thanks to poor sanitation practices and lack of clean water)
  • One in Five miners died in the first six months
  • One in Four miners arrived in California from outside the U.S.
  • The people who actually became rich were the store or supply owners.
  • A store owner named Sam Brannan was California's first millionaire
  • The California Gold Rush pretty much died down around 1860

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