Antonio Pereira Imperial Topaz Mine

Garimpo em Mariana


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Location: Antonio Pereira, north of Ouro Preto (20°18'13.80"S, 43°28'35.22"W)
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Classification:  Topaz mine.
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History

 
1702founded by an emancipated slave.
1888mine closed.

Description

Antonio Pereira is an imperial topaz mine worked by garimpeiros (individual miners).


Topaz is extracted by largely open-air workings in deeply weathered marble. The marble has largely turned to unstable clay and the topaz crystals remain. This was a truly Dickensian operation with lots of small boys and a few bosses, who each seem to have a small part of the field. The mine is located on the steep hillside below the Cave of Our Lady of Lapa, where it makes a prominent scar. The deeper and underground parts of the mine look quite dangerous. Poor quality stones are sold to tourists.


Text by Tony Oldham (2002). With kind permission.


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