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Feb 24, 2013 - Diamantina and Two Sparkling Performances

‘After two thousand years India’s Golconda diamond mines were nearly depleted by the early 1700s...miners prospecting for gold along the Rio Jequitinhonha river, near the town of Tejuco...made Brazil’s first diamond discovery in 1725...by 1740 there was a major diamond rush to Minas Gerais...’¹ Another source² describes the discovery as a bit more happenstance: ‘...as early as 1670...stones...found...in the gold washings...attracted attention...gold miners used them as counters in their games of chance...a man who had seen rough diamonds in...

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Feb 19, 2013 - Estrada Real: From Diamantina to Paraty

‘...la route royale (Estrada Real)...ancienne voie construite par les bandeirantes pour acheminer l’or du Minas Gerais vers les ports côtiers de Paraty et Rio...est un chemin stratégique sur la route du baroque du Minas...c’est le long de cette route que le corps du héros malheureux de l’inconfidencia Mineira, Tiradentes, a ete exhibé...après la découverte des mines de diamants de Serro et de Arraial la route fut ensuite étendue vers le nord...’, the Petit Fûté guide tells me and goes on to explain that it is more than 1200 kilometres long...

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