When was Gold Discovered?

It almost certain that gold was the first metal known to man. One reason for this is that gold is found in the free state, uncombined with other metals or rocks. The bright yellow color and shining appearance of gold probably attracted the attention of the primitive man.

Exactly when this happened can not be known, because it was long before recorded history. Same of the earliest records of gold have to do with the treasure of European kings. These records are more than 5,500 years old.

The next records are the ancient Assyrians who, in the year 2470  B.C., conquered countries and by using slaves to dig in the mines. During the Middle Ages, men were so anxious to have gold. The mixed and melted many different things, but they never found a way to do it.

Still later, Spain sent many explorers to all parts of the world to search for gold. The discovery of gold anywhere in the world has always caused a rush of people to that place. Gold was discovered in California in 1848 and the Gold Rush of the ‘49 followed.

The same thing happened when gold was discovered in Australia in 1851, in British Colombia in 1856, in South Africa in 1886, and in Alaska in 1896.

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