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Hispanic History Primary Resource Sets
Mining for Gold in Colorado
Created by: Anne E. Farrell, Rebecca O’Neill, Denise Berg, and LaVonne Mathis
Essential question: How did the mining in Colorado impact Colorado History?
Contextual Paragraph: The state of Colorado was impacted in many ways the growth of mining. Mining brought people, revenue, and continued development of the geographical landscape. The influx of miners, mining companies, and the minerals itself changed the development of Colorado.
"Left to right: Crecencio Vigil and Meliton Barela were hired by CF&I as marshals of the Cokedale mine in southern Colorado. They guarded the coal mine and coke ovens against activity by disgruntled miners. Meliton is a younger brother of Casimiro Barela, Colorado's "Perpetual Senator" of Las Animas County. Notice the dugout structure with the plate of fruit on the roof, the cooking pots at the lower right, and a mirror and towel. Crecencio wears a Colt 45 Model 1871. (Courtesy of Hispanic Pioneers in Colorado and New Mexico).
Essential question: Why did people from different cultures migrate and settle in Colorado?
Contextual Paragraph: This set engages student thinking regarding the concept of resources, both human and otherwise. Students identify the relationship between resources, and the people who extract or cultivate them. Students learn that this relationship can create population shift, migration and the establishment of cultures. Resources, labor and community are intrinsically tied together. Students develop a knowledge base in which they will be able to make inference on a broader variety of subjects. This results in student learning gain, which can be applied in a much larger context.