Gold Works of Itacolumi, Brazil - Gold Washing
This engraving depicts a group of enslaved men and woman mining in Brazil near Ouro Preto. According to the accompanying text, "to the left a party of slaves is catching the gold dust by immersing fleeces in the running water; on the right, two other slaves are beating out the dust from a fleece into a large wooden dish placed on the ground to receive it; behind them a European is weighing the gold dust in scales, and men and women are seen bringing down pieces of quartz containing gold to be broken up by others" (p. 208).
Anonymous, "Scenes in Brazil," in Ballou's Pictorial, vol. IX (Sep. 29, 1855), p. 208.
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South America--Brazil--Minas Gerais
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