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1870-1880 – Chinese Immigration to the United States Increases During the Gold Rush

“Chinese came to the country they called ‘Gold Mountain’ to participate in the California gold rush, and their numbers grew slowly. Between 1870 and 1880, 138,941 Chinese migrated to the United States (4.3% of all immigration); by 1880, the Chinese population totaled 105,465, 0.2% of the U.S. population of 50 million. This immigration was specifically authorized by the Burlingame Treaty, concluded between China and the United States in 1868.”