Gold mining encouraged gambling because it encouraged people’s trust in happiness and contemplation.
As soon as hikers arrived on the dam line, they realized that they had taken something less than a sure thing.
Some quickly became pessimistic about prospects for success in California, warning the back east to save themselves.
But many remained optimistic and in the far west longer than they had planned. If the pits did not pay off, one was jumped to find better benefits at other companies or even at the gaming tables.
To His Family and Friends William H. Dougal praised the opportunities of California in 1849. Dougal’s attitude embodied the prospect of a century of walkers to the Pacific Coast.
As dangers discouraged some new arrivals, many more were caught up in the perils and rewards of persecution for wealth.
The population of the state go fast, have the best and despise the expenses. In a society intention after turning fast fortunes, people spent money freely because they expected to re-strike it rich the next day, or even the next hour.
Californians held such high expectations that some despised function to secure the future.
Few had time to raise crops and wait for a harvest; few were planning to build a living over the years. Everyone hurried to complete a lifetime of business in a year and the value of a year of business in just a few hours.
Prospect of Argonauts on them player made by second nature tomorrow.
Playing at that time was simply a more direct expression of the spirit of the rapid collection that led mining and sold real estate operations during the early years of the American occupation.
Even migration to gold begins, “tying the time, energy, and health against the hidden treasures of the sierra” was a wager.
In such a climate where people understood that fortune was determined by luck, in which trade fluctuates every hour, and not matters of calculation are profit and loss, but risking it was difficult to resist the temptations of gambling saloons.
Taking risk as a way of life shaped individual texture and social letters. Moreover, the gambling psychology spoke against the formation of a society that could hamper the taking of the venture.
Gold seekers hurried over pursuing fortune and gave little consideration to the future of their community, because for many stayed in the East.
The Pacific Coast initially lacked social glue provided by the presence of women and children. The youthful, virtually all-male society was more interested in probability than in any ground rules that could limit the prevalence of gambling.