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Plate XLI.

Plate XLI. How Gold is Collected in the Rivers Running from the Appalachian Mountains

Plate XLI. How Gold is Collected in the Rivers Running from the Appalachian Mountains

A great way from the place where our fort was built, are great mountains, called in the Indian language Apalatcy; in which, as the map shows, arise three great rivers, in the sands of which are found much gold, silver, and copper, mixed together. Accordingly, the natives dig ditches in these streams, into which the sand brought down by the current falls by gravity. Then they collect it out, and carry it away to a place by itself, and after a time col-lect again what continues to fall in. They then convey it in canoes down the great river which we named the River of May, and which empties into the sea. The Spaniards have been able to use for their advantage the wealth thus obtained.

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