Originally from Guangdong, the man one newspaper called a "petty despot" had sailed to San Francisco on a Chinese junk just before the gold rush, when he was approximately 20 years old. He spent the first night on the streets, huddled in a doorway. "Asian Americans: Gold Rush Era to 1890s" was curated and written by the University of California in 2005 as part of the California Cultures project.
Gold Rush. It was difficult finding any information on Asians in America up until the Gold Rush in the mid-19th century, when Chinese from Canton (now Guangdong) ventured to California to try to strike it rich, as well as escape turmoil caused by civil war, British imperialism, and typhoons. In 1849, there were only 791 Chinese in California. THE CHINESE by Henry Kittredge Norton. Like every other nation in the world, the Chinese Empire was represented in the great rush for California which took place during the gold excitement. At the beginning of the year 1849 there were in the state only fifty-four Chinamen.
Jan 24, 2018 · But perhaps the biggest losers were the Native Americans of Gold Rush-era California. In the 20 years that followed the discovery of gold, 80 percent of the state’s Native American population was wiped out—victims of displacement, disease and a genocide wrought in the sake of power and gold.