Minas Fonte Meu Bem Querer

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Location: Ouro Prêto, near the church Igreja de Santa Efigênia, Bairro do Padre Faria.
Open: All year daily 8-18. [2007]
Classification: MineGold Mine
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours: L=180m
Address: Minas Fonte Meu Bem Querer
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The mine Minas Fonte Meu Bem Querer was once owned by Felipe dos Santos. He was a famous member of the Inconfidência Mineira (Mine Conspiracy) of 1789 and is well known to any Brazilian.

When gold became less plentiful, the region had increasing difficulties to fulfill obligations to the crown. The captaincy of Minas Gerais was not able to pay its taxes, but as a punishment they got an additional tax on gold, called derrama. Conspirators learned about the independence of the 13 British collonies in North America, and so they were seeking their own independence from Portugal. They planned the rebellion for the day the derrama was instituted.

This movement attracted many famous people, for example the poets Cláudio Manuel da Costa and Tomás Antônio Gonzaga (*1744-✝1809), José Álvares Maciel, a philosopher and chemistry student, and Lieutenant Colonel Francisco de Paula Freire de Andrade (*1756-✝1792) of the regiment of the dragoons. But unfortunately the conspirators lacked both well-formed plans and an overall leader. Three participants revealed the conspiration to the government and the rebels were arrested. Joaquim Silvério dos Reis (*1756-✝1792), one of the three, became known as the Brazilian traitor. Eleven conspirators were condemned to the gallows, seven more to perpetual banishment in Africa, the rest were acquitted. But Queen Maria I commuted the sentences of capital punishment to perpetual banishment for most of the eleven. Tiradentes took full responsibility for the conspiracy movement, was imprisoned in Rio de Janeiro, where he died on 21-APR-1792, his body was torn into pieces which were sent to Ouro Prêto to be displayed.

The ore veins are still perfectly visible. Another sight are pertified trees, which are found in the same formation.