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Rush to Gold: The French and the California Gold Rush, 1848–1854

Malcolm J. Rohrbough


The California Gold Rush began in 1848 and incited many “wagons west.” However, only half of the 300,000 gold seekers traveled by land. The other half traveled by sea. And it's the story of this second group that this book describes. It examines the California gold rush through the eyes of 30,000 French participants. In so doing, it offers an analysis of an important—but previously neglected—chapter in the history of the Gold Rush, which occurred at a time of sweeping changes in France.

Keywords: California, gold rush, gold seekers, France, French

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780300181401
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300181401.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Malcolm J. Rohrbough, author