Traveling Tuesday: Georgia’s Gold Rush
Named after King George II of Great Britain, the colony covered an area from South Carolina south to Spanish Florida and West to French Louisiana at the Mississippi River. The colony was administered by the Trustees for the Establishment of the Colony of Georgia in American. The Oglethorpe Plan was implemented to aid in the colony’s settlement, envision as an agrarian society of yeoman farmers.
Spain invaded the colony in 1742, however, they were defeated by British forces and withdrew. Ten years later, the government failed to renew subsidies that supported the colony, and the Trustees turned over control to the crown, creating a crown colony ruled by a governor appointed by the king.
Georgia was one of the thirteen colonies to revolt against the British during the Revolutionary War, and in 1788, Georgia became the fourth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. From 1802 to 1804, western Georgia was split to form the Mississippi Territory which later was admitted as the U.S. states of Alabama and Mississippi.
In 1829, Georgia became the site of the second significant gold rush in the U.S., overshadowing the
Whatever the truth, word got out quickly about the gold, and thousands of men and women showed up seeking their fortune. By 1830, there was a reported four thousand miners working Yahoola Creek alone and approximately 300 ounces per day were being produced. (It is unclear as to whether this is per day or per person per day). In any event, over $200,000 in gold had been received by the Philadelphia mint by the end of the year.
Unfortunately, much of the land where the gold was found belonged to the Cherokee people, and tensions flared between the U.S. and Native Americans. To solve the situation, President Jackson authorized the Indian Removal Act of 1830 that led to the forced migration, later known as the Trail of Tears.
Stamp mills began to appear in 1833. By the 1840s, the mines saw a sharp decline as the gold began to “play out.” When news of the 1848 California rush reached Georgia, miners dropped what they were doing and head west in search of more gold.
Hannah Lauman’s husband has been murdered, but rather than grief, she feels...relief. She decides to remain in Georgia to work their gold claim, but a series of incidents makes it clear someone wants her gone...dead or alive. Is a chance at being a woman of means and independence worth risking her life?
Jess Vogel never breaks a promise, so when he receives a letter from a former platoon mate about being in danger, he drops everything to help his old friend. Unfortunately, he arrives just in time for the funeral. Can he convince the man’s widow he’s there for her protection not for her money?
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