It is regarded a momentous movement in history: the Klondike gold rush. Starting in 1897, it attracted over 100,000 prospectors to the US-Canadian border in an area which is now the Alaskan Yukon territory. They settled along the Klondike River near Dawson in northwest Canada in hopes for striking gold. However, the impact made by this gold rush was not entirely positive. Many people lost everything in search for a better life.
Because the region of northwest Canada was so inaccessible via land, many prospectors came by boat. A special fleet of steam boats were constructed, so that it would be easier to reach the area in the wilderness. But mother nature was stronger. Many ships sank in the rough water of the Yukon River. Today, researchers, historians and archeologists investigate the ghost ships underwater and try to piece together the wrecks like a puzzle in order to find out more about the gold rush and the prospectors’ lives back in 1897.
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