Clearly, California was not racially, religiously, politically, or economically similar to today’s America. The country was in need of an event that had the potential to change all aspects of California, which was exactly what they got from the infamous Gold Rush.
California Flag; introduced in 1846
Race: -The California territory was dominated by Native Americans -There were also a number of Mexicans -There were about 6500 Mexicans -There were about 150000 Native Americans -Only about 700 people of another race that resided in the California Territory -California was not at all diverse racially
Religion: -Most Christians lived in the North & South -Native Americans had separate beliefs -Not like today's America religiously
Native American worship
Mexicans roaming about in California Territory
Government: -California was Spanish territory -Later became a part of Mexico -There were many cases of racism such as the General Law of Expulsion of 1827
Economy: -Supported by Ranchos -Were pieces of land given by Government in order to boost the Economy -Economy was not in a great state