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Early settlers West

Early settlers West

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Encouraged settlers West with stories of fertile land
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Mountain Men
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Acted as a guide through the Rocky Mountains
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Jim Bridger
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1837 economic depression
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Push factor
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6 months
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length of journey from Missouri to California
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Getting lost, disease, lack of supplies
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Problems of the journey West
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Gold
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Discovered in California in 1848
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49ers
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Name given to the Californian gold miners
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people trying to steal land where gold had been discovered
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Claim jumping
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Surface gold in California had been exhausted
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1852
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San Francisco
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Prosperous town in California
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Miners' courts
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Created to sort out quarrels
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Vigilantes
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Took the law into their own hands
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Sagars
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Family of orphans that arrived in Oregon
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Attracted criminals, drinking and gambling was common
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Mining towns
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