Sutter started building a new sawmill when he noticed a gold looking nugget in the ground. He performed basic tests to prove that it in fact was gold. Sutter knew what that he needed to keep this a secret so he could expand his land as much as possible around where he found the gold. His attempt at keeping his findings a secret failed once a journalist found out about it and put it in the newspaper. From then on people came through Sutter's farm and basically destroyed everything he had built so they could find the precious gold. Sutter's life work was ruined and he ended up living a impoverished live for the rest of his days.
|John Sutter aftewr his farm was ruined, 1866|
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