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How did the Western Gold Rushes contribute to the development of the American West?

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Answer #1 | 20/12 2013 04:08
Miners need goods and services, and so where you have a gold rush, there will be people who see the opportunity to make money serving them, recognizing that they can get a guaranteed profit growing and selling food or tools or whiskey instead of taking a chance of going bust digging for gold. Where there were miners there was also conflict with Indians, and the army would come as well, with forts and men and horses, also needing services. Communities would spring up in and around trails leading to mines.
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Answer #2 | 20/12 2013 05:18
Money
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Answer #3 | 20/12 2013 00:32
Thousands and thousands of people rushed to the "gold rush." Most never found any gold, but they stayed to help build communities.
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