February 20, 1849 Everybody is talking about moving to California. After hearing all about this gold being found in Sutter’s Mill, my husband decided that we should also move to California (Cogbooks).
We ain’t really rich, so we can’t move too quickly. What’re we gonna need to take for food and clothes? We don’t know. All we know is that we’re gonna collect our belongings, borrow what we can, and soon as we’ve got what we need we’ll go.
May 24, 1849 It’s been about 3 months since we were able to get what we need. We’re gonna leave today. We’re gonna leave our home, and we’re gonna leave our debts. We hope we’ll strike it rich soon, and be able to return and pay them off (Cogbooks). This journey will be challenging. For we know it’ll take long to get from Mississippi to California.
The only good thing is we’ll have us some company. About a dozen families in our neighborhood will come with us. We can see it, the gold in our hands, the ideal climate, the land, and the opportunities we’ll find. After all, it is our right to take this land and whatever is inside of it (Cogbooks). July 27, 1849 The roads have been really bad, but we continue on. The weather has also not been very kind. Our provisions have been running low, but in any case we may use our oxen as beef.
We can feed our oxen with the land, drink water from springs, and use wood to fuel the fire. We have been avoiding any conflicts with the Indians. They are heathens who have not been tamed and best be avoided (Cogbooks). We’ve also taken care to not have any more accidents. Karen and her child were crushed by the wagon. They fell as they were getting out of it (Trail Basics Dangers).
Jimmy also befell and awful fate when he was thrown from his horse. Something that we did not plan for was the illness. The cholera hit about half of our wagon party died. Some died very quickly from noon to day’s end. Others were sick for weeks until they died. We buried our dead in the trail. (Trail Basics Dangers)September 15, 1849 We’ve been traveling for so long.
We had to remove a load from the wagon because our oxen was tiring out. After long, we realized that the Indians were not a real threat. They just wanted to trade with us. We traded metal pots for moccasins, ammunition for fresh food, and beads for warm buffalo robes (CALIFORNIA TRAIL HISTORY). I hope we get to our destination soon.November 5, 1849 It is dawn and we have finally reached Coloma, California. There are so many people here, more than I could ever count. They seem to have come from very different places; their appearances are all quite different.
My husband will run to Sutter’s Fort and begin to search for gold with our gold pans (Cross). The gold pans were the only thing that we could afford, but soon we will be able to afford anything. It is the end of the day. My husband and I have “settled to rest on the ground” (The California Gold Rush 1849).
No gold today. I hope we have better luck in the future.December 18, 1849 We have seen many leave empty handed. Some can’t leave because they have no money. There is mighty gold here, but many have given up. Many choose to steal from those who find gold. My husband has found 1 pound of gold so far.
It is a great deal of money, but we will keep searching for more (Van Valen’s Gold Rush Journey). My husband decided that, even if we don’t find more gold he would like to stay. He has sent for the rest of our family. He wants to enjoy the beauty and climate of California. He also wants to use all of the resources here to farm on the land.Works Cited”The Beginning of the Gold Rush and John Sutter.
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