The day the Klondike Gold Rush started – level 3


In 1896, hundreds of people were looking for gold around the Klondike River in Canada. They believed they would find a lot of gold there, but they looked for some time without success. Everything changed on August 16 when four miners found a lot of gold. The news of their discovery soon spread and miners from the surrounding areas began to move to the location of the discovery.

The world learned about it almost a year later when the first rich people started to leave the Klondike area and arrived in San Francisco, California. A gold rush broke out among the population.

Soon, about 100,000 people mostly men left their jobs and their families. They headed north to the Klondike. They were driven by the vision of getting rich easily and experiencing an adventure. In reality, they met with cold, wild nature and hard work.

In the end, only a few hundred managed to get rich. The others returned empty-handed or never returned. Many of those who managed to get rich lost their fortunes and died in poverty.

Difficult words: miner (a person who digs gold), break out (to start), empty-handed (with nothing), fortune (a lot of money), poverty (a situation when people are very poor).

What challenges did miners need to overcome to become successful in the Klondike gold rush?


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