- from Gold Rush
The Gold Rush was the start of something big – and diverse. In fact, California owes its current diversity to the Gold Rush.
Immigrants came from all over the world, including Asia, Latin America, and Europe. They had dreams of striking it rich and making a new life. So did Americans from the eastern part of the United States. Suddenly, people of different cultures, religions, and economic classes were brought together in one place. Immigration made California the most diverse society in history. It also created many challenges.
All the newcomers wanted opportunity. Some found it – whether by staking a claim, building a business, or starting a farm. Women, too, found greater opportunity in California than in other places.