Those who flocked to California in 1849 in search of gold, which had been discovered there in 1848. Reportedly, there were about eighty thousand of them.
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How to use forty-niners in a sentence
And the same week there was a company at another theatre there playing the old man's 'forty-niners.'The Regent | E. Arnold Bennett
The forty-niners, and those who came in the early Fifties, were such men as enlist in the first years of a war.The Life of Bret Harte | Henry Childs Merwin
Bret Harte has seized upon the name as the theme of tales and ballads of the "forty-niners."Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1 | The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
It was the same allurement which drew the "forty-niners" to California, and in 1897 the gold-seekers to the Canadian Klondyke.The Buccaneers in the West Indies in the XVII Century | Clarence Henry Haring
Sailin'-ships, so rotten that their owners were glad to get rid of 'em, were sold to forty-niners at fancy prices.The Boy With the U.S. Miners | Francis Rolt-Wheeler