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Who Discovered Klondike Gold?

Who Discovered Klondike Gold?

This site about the Klondike Gold Rush includes a complete collection of historical documents and images, and a flyover of the Chilkoot Trail. At first people didn't believe George Carmack, when in August 1896, he burst into a saloon in Fortymile loudly proclaiming that he had found gold lying "thick as cheese" further up the Yukon River. Then he tipped a spent shotgun shell and out poured the gold dust! But did George make the discovery that started the Klondike Gold Rush? George, an American, had been prospecting with three First Nations people: his wife Kate, her brother Skookum Jim, and their nephew Dawson Charlie, on a creek suggested by Canadian Robert Henderson. For a century, controversy has swirled around the question of who deserves the credit for the discovery that set off the greatest gold rush in the history of the world and a turning point in Canadian history! Visitors can look at the collection of archival materials and develop their critical thinking skills by analyzing the evidence provided. Students are encouraged to come up with their own interpretations of primary documents, rather than relying on other people’s analyses. Educators have access to a Teachers' Guide and experts’ interpretations of the mystery. The site is available in English and French.

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