The day the Klondike Gold Rush started – level 2

16-08-1896

In 1896, hundreds of people were looking for gold around the Klondike River in Canada. For some time, they didn’t have a lot of success. Everything changed on August 16 when four miners found a lot of gold. The news of their discovery soon reached other local miners and they started to move to the location of the discovery.

A year later, the first rich miners started to leave the Klondike area and arrived in San Francisco, California. When people got the news about the gold, a gold rush started.

Soon, 100,000 people left their jobs and their families. They went north to the Klondike. They wanted to become rich and experience an adventure. In reality, they met with cold, wild nature and hard work.

In the end, only hundreds of them became rich. The others returned home with nothing or they never returned. Many of those who became rich lost their money and they died poor.

Difficult words: miner (a person who looks for gold), discovery (something new), gold rush (a moment when a lot of people want to find gold in one place), adventure (an interesting and dangerous experience).

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