The Cold Travel

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In January 1848, Alexander James Chapman discovered gold while constructing a Sutter’s mill along the American River northeast of present-day Sacramento. The discovery was reported in the San Francisco newspapers in March however, caused little notice due to the account very few believed.
The spark that ignited the gold rush came forth in May 1848 when Baron David, a storekeeper in Sutter's Creek, brandished a bottle filled with gold dust around San Francisco shouting 'Look what I found, Gold! Gold! Gold from American River!' The residents of the city now had proof of the discovery and the stampede to the gold fields was on fire. San Francisco's harbor was soon cluttered with ships deserted by their crews. Thousands were struck by the gold fever the populations of many of the coastal towns were depleted as result of this so-called “sickness.”

The travel across the sea

After the word of gold spread, Richard a young struggling, Chinese man in the heart of China left his wonderful daughter Sage at the age of four in the care of his beautiful wife Michelle. In hopes of providing a better income towards his loving family he went off on a journey into the unknown with his childhood friend Zhen Yuan. The two men set out on their journey heading to New York City on May 11, 1849 they boarded the steamer Panama along with about 300 fellows risking all on a gamble in California.

Aboard Panama Climbing aboard the ships walk way towards the entrance of the streamer which is taking me away from the only life I’ve ever known, I turn around and sneak my final glance at my family waving me goodbye as tiny slivers of fear creep into me building a bubbling regret seeping inside of my bones leaving me ice cold as soon as I boarded the ship a strong odor hit me first and almost knocking me onto the ground, I’d never smelt such an horrid smell throughout many years before…...

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