| The rapid westward migration caused by the discovery of gold in California led directly to|
the start of the Civil War
the adoption of the Compromise of 1850
increased trade through the Panama Canal
control of the United States Senate by the slave states
Correct Answer Number: 2
Explanation: The discovery of gold in Sutter's Mill, California and other precious mineral strikes out west, sparked a gold rush and population boom out west that led to California's growth to statehood in 1850. In the agreement that followed the Compromise of 1850 created California as a free state, enacted a harsh Fugitive Slave Act and introduced popular sovereignty to the western territories.