This is a bundle of two highly animated, power point presentations on the Western Expansion in the United States - Pre California Statehood. There are a total of 29 slides in the two power point presentations, all of which are editable so you can modify the slides if you need to.
The "Californios" were Spanish-speaking people who had come from Mexico or Spain early to settle in CA. They first moved to CA in 1769 and over time built a large empire. That's when Spanish priests began building missions, or Catholic churches, along the coast, in hopes of converting Native Americans to Christianity. The 21 Spanish missions of CA, with their thousands of more or less captive native converts, controlled the most and best land (about 1,000,000 acres per mission), had large numbers of workers, grew the most crops and had the most sheep, cattle and horses.
The land and lifestyle of the Californio's disappeared but their legacy lives on in CA today. The citrus and wine trades are now among CA's largest industries. The names of many CA cities--San Francisco, San Jose, Monterey, Los Angeles, and San Diego--reflect the Spanish-speaking people who first settled them. And Californio influence can be seen in all aspects of CA culture, from its architecture and music to its food and art.
Power point presentation #1, The Californio's contains 15 slides and covers the following:
California Gold Rush
Foreign Miners Tax Law
The Land Law of 1851
End of Presentation
The discovery of gold nuggets in the Sacramento Valley in early 1848 sparked the Gold Rush. This marked one of the most significant events to shape American history during the first half of the 19th century. In 1848, the population of the CA territory was less than 1,000 people. By the end of 1949, as thousands of prospective gold miners traveled to the San Francisco area, the population had grown to over 100,000 people!
A total of $2 billion worth of precious metal was extracted from the area during the Gold Rush, which peaked in 1852. Though gold mining continued throughout the 1850s, it had reached its peak by 1852, when some $81 million was pulled from the ground. After that year, the total take declined gradually, leveling off to around $45 million per year by 1857. Settlement in CA continued, however, and by the end of the decade the state’s population was 380,000, making it one of the fastest growing and most populist states in the Union.
Power point presentation #2, The California Gold Rush contains 14 slides and covers the following:
The Discovery of Gold
Map of the Gold rush
Impact on California
New Mining Techniques
Impact of the Gold Rush
End of Presentation
The is one of many bundled, power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading....Western Expansion in the United States.