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The Georgia Gold Rush: Twenty-Niners, Cherokees, and Gold Fever
     

The Georgia Gold Rush: Twenty-Niners, Cherokees, and Gold Fever

by David Williams
 

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In the 1820s a series of gold strikes from Virginia to Alabama caused such excitement that thousands of miners poured into the region. This southern gold rush, the first in U.S. history, reached Georgia with the discovery of the Dahlonega Gold Belt in 1829. The Georgia gold fields, however, lay in and around Cherokee territory. In 1830 the State of Georgia

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