River Mining of Diamonds, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 1826


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Source
Alcide Dessalines d'Orbigny, Voyage pittoresque dans les deux Amériques...(Paris, 1836), facing p. 163. (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Comments
Caption, "Lavage des Diamans"; shows group of enslaved males, wearing loin cloths, panning for diamonds; several European overseers watching over them. Location in the Diamond District, Serro Frio (“Cerro-do-Frio”). The author describes the process of gathering diamonds, how people can be rewarded for their finds as well as the severity of punishments for stealing (pp. 178-179).