|Map of Gold Regions of California.|
|Author:||Charles Drayton Gibbes|
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When James Marshal found gold at Sutter's Mill [google map] on the American River a quarter-million Americans followed him west seeking their fortunes; many of whom were drawn by maps similar to the one depicted above.
Didn't work out so great for most of the “'49ers”, really. But it helped to hasten the westward growth of the country by plugging into what some have identified as an American cultural peculiarity... a singular love for expansion.
In this process, a football team was also named.