Ships discharge passengers and cargo. Carts haul the new arrivals up the steep hills. With all the building going on, it seems you can see the city growing before your eyes. Businesses sprout as soon as someone has an idea for one. Everyone is busy and there doesn't seem to be any rules. All around you people are speaking in languages you've never heard! It's the most hustle and bustle you've ever seen! California is the place you're going to make your fortune.
You thought the sea voyage would never end. You came down with cholera before the ship reached Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Things were looking very grim as the ship lurched through Cape Horn's twenty-foot waves and bone-chilling winds. You still can't keep solid food down. Plus, most of your possessions went "missing" while you were sick in bed. You've still got your banknotes though -- thank goodness you hid them so carefully!
You'll encounter many dangerous challenges as you travel into remote areas -- especially when the gold becomes scarce. But finding gold isn't the only path to striking it rich, as many entrepreneurs find out. Learn about the experiences of another white man during the gold rush.
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