Between 1849 and 1860, more than one million people traveled to California in search of a better life, ending up as shopkeepers, craftsmen, and farmers in a new and prosperous land. In previous generations, many of the single men who made the trek would have gone to sea. Ujifusa, Steven. Barons of the Sea: And their Race to Build the World's Fastest Clipper Ship (p. 253). Simon & Schuster. Kindle Edition.

— migration to California  

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