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    John Sutter, Sr. Representing Mexico, Sutter Sr. called his colony New Helvetia sawmill so he could continue to expand his empire, but unbeknownst to many, Sutter Sr.'s "empire" had been built on thin margins of credit.. American period. Sacramento in 1849, when the city was an economic center of the California Gold Rush. In 1848, when James W. Marshall discovered gold at Sutter's Mill in ...