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Thousands of people rushed west in 1849 because that was early in the California Gold Rush. In 1848, James W. Marshall discovered gold at Sutter's Mill in California. The people seeking gold were nicknamed 'forty-niners,' in reference to the year.

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People rushed West during the Gold Rush because they all wanted to make a profit from the gold. Some of the people who traveled west were miners and merchants; the miners came to search for gold and the merchants came to make a profit from the miners. Many people left their homes and families, in order to make a fortune from the Gold Rush.

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People back then traveled west because they knew they would get free land, and they hoped that they will find gold :D hope i helped.

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people started moving west in 1655 because there was mad cow disease in the east, and most people did not have enough money to stop it. and money was growing in crops in the west.

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During the 1800s many Americans and immigrants migrated westward in search of more and better farmland.

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