Gold Rush: The Discovery of America
The discovery of gold nuggets in the Sacramento Valley in early 1848 sparked the Gold Rush, arguably one of the most significant events to shape American history during the first half of the 19th century. This captivating, new documentary series explores the stories of struggle and triumph of the thousands who risked everything for the pursuit of wealth and the illusive American Dream.
S01:E01 - Hakko Icchiu
The westward march of Americans toward the Pacific sets the stage for the Gold Rush.
S01:E02 - The Doomed Fleet
The first small nuggets of gold are found, setting off a migration chain reaction.
S01:E03 - The Joy of Fighting for the Emperor
Once the news of gold in California spreads, thousands take off to seek their fortunes.
S01:E04 - The Eagle Strikes Back
The people attracted to gold mining helped shape California into a state of enterprise.
S01:E05 - High Noon
As the Gold Rush draws to a close, other precious metals are discovered in the West.