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Members of this party founded Auraria (later absorbed into Denver City) in 1858 and touched off the gold rush to the Rockies.
In the early days of the Colorado gold rush, Colorado was a Territory of Kansas and Territory of Jefferson.
Mexico finally won its independence with the Treaty of Córdoba signed on August 24, 1821, and assumed the territorial claims of Spain.
Although Mexican traders ventured north, settlers stayed south of the 37th parallel north until the United States signed a peace treaty with the Ute Nation in 1850.
The placer gold deposits along the rivers and streams of the region rapidly played out, but miners soon discovered far more valuable seams of hard rock gold, silver, and other minerals in the nearby mountains.
This gold rush helped to attract people to the state and resulted in a population boom.