The Georgia Gold Rush: Twenty-Niners, Cherokees, and Gold by David Williams

By David Williams

Within the 1820s a chain of gold moves from Virginia to Alabama prompted such pleasure that hundreds of thousands of miners poured into the quarter. This southern gold rush, the 1st in U.S. heritage, reached Georgia with the invention of the Dahlonega Gold Belt in 1829. The Georgia gold fields, besides the fact that, lay in and round Cherokee territory. In 1830 the kingdom of Georgia prolonged its authority over the world, and years later the land was once raffled off in a lottery. even though they resisted this land seize in the course of the courts, the Cherokees have been finally pushed west alongside the path of Tears into what's at the present time northeastern Oklahoma.

The gold rush period survived the Cherokees in Georgia through just a couple of years. The early 1840s observed a dramatic decline within the fortunes of the southern gold zone. whilst be aware of a brand new gold strike in California reached the miners, they wasted no time in following the banished Indians westward. in truth, many Georgia twenty-niners grew to become a few of the first California forty-niners.

Georgia's gold rush is now nearly centuries previous, however the gold fever keeps. Many citizens nonetheless pan for gold, and each October in the course of Gold Rush Days 1000s of latter-day prospectors relive the thrill of Georgia's nice antebellum gold rush as they throng to the small mountain city of Dahlonega.

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6 The promise of gold lured the Spanish northward, and in 1540 an expedition was organized under the conquistador Hernando de Soto. In his travels through the gold region of the South he heard fantastic tales of people who wore golden hats and of lands where gifts of gold were given in great quantities to women who ruled them. The expedition even came across a young native who showed the Spaniards how gold was mined, melted, and refined by his people. "7 Some accounts place de Soto in Nacoochee Valley, near the town of Helen in White County, where he was received by the natives with hospitality.

Their appetite was whetted by Spanish tales of gold in the "New World" and by the evidence of its existence from Page 10 captured Spanish treasure ships. For the first century of Europe's colonial era Spain ruled the sea lanes between Europe and the Western Hemisphere. Even so, English "sea dogs" like Sir Francis Drake constantly harassed Spanish shipping in the Atlantic. Drake, with his ship Golden Hind, prowled the Spanish shipping lanes taking every opportunity to capture galleons laden with gold, silver, and jewels.

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