Political, Immigrants, State
In 1848, the same year that Switzerland’s political structure
took on its present constitutional form as a modern nation-state, a Swiss
settler-entrepreneur named John Sutter became aware of gold deposits
at his mill in Alta California. This led directly to the California Gold
Rush. Two years later, in 1850, the United States accepted the freshly
acquired and promising region now known as “California” into the
Union as a state. Swiss immigrants enhanced the development of California
from its very inception.
"A History Of The Swiss In California,"
Swiss American Historical Society Review: Vol. 56
, Article 8.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/sahs_review/vol56/iss1/8