How the States Got Their Shapes

Season 1 Episode 8

A Boom With a View

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Jun 28, 2011 on The History Channel
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How important is money to the formation of our states? Gold strikes, bank runs, free land, job growth and depressions have each had a major impact on where people move - and where people move often determines where borders are set. The discovery of natural resources can draw a flood of folks, such as the first major American gold rush in North Carolina and the California Gold Rush (1848–55), which so captured the popular imagination that it led to the rapid settlement of that state and its almost immediate entry into the union in 1850.

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