|During the 1700s, when Minas Gerais was under Portuguese control, gold and gem mining labor was conducted by slaves taken from the west coast of Africa. This accounts for the large percentage of African descendants who now populate the region.|
Monday, 25 November 2013
Gemstones of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Brazil produces the greatest variety of gems and semi-precious stones in the world, including diamonds, emeralds and amethyst.